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Ásmundr kappabana (Ásmk)

volume 8; ed. Peter Jorgensen;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 4

Lausavísur — Ásmk LvVIII (Ásm)

Not published: do not cite (Ásmk LvVIII (Ásm))

stanzas:  1   2   3   4 

SkP info: VIII, 23

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4 — Ásmk Lv 4VIII (Ásm 10)

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Cite as: Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Ásmundar saga kappabana 10 (Ásmundr kappabana, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 23.

Þá kom inn hári         Hildibrandr,
Húnakappi;         hann var mér ómakr.
Ok ek markaða         meðan á hánum
herkumbl harðlig         fyr hjálm neðan.

Þá kom inn hári Hildibrandr Húnakappi; hann var mér ómakr. Ok ek markaða meðan á hánum {harðlig herkumbl} fyr hjálm neðan.

Then came the grey-haired Hildibrandr, champion of the Huns; he was not easy for me to deal with. And meanwhile I marked on him {hard war tokens} [WOUNDS] beneath his helmet.

Mss: 7(43r) (Ásm)

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 12. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ásmundar saga kappabana II 4: AII, 322, BII, 342, Skald II, 184; Peringskiöld 1722, 23 (ch. 10), FSN 2, 487 (ch. 10), Detter 1891, 100, FSGJ 1, 408 (ch. 10) (Ásm); CPB I, 192, Halvorsen 1951, 20; Edd. Min. 87.

Context: According to the saga, after Hildibrandr hears that Ásmundr has disposed of the eleven men, he flies into a berserk rage, and sets out for the River Rhine to meet him.

Notes: [2] Hildibrandr: The line as it stands in the ms. is hypometrical, but if excrescent ‑u- were added in Hildibrand[u]r, the metre would be restored. — [3] Húnakappi ‘champion of the Huns’: According to Skj A, the final <i> of this word is absent, but it appears legible to this ed. — [4] ómakr ‘not easy to deal with’: Lit. ‘unequal’; cf. makara ‘more equal, more agreeable’, KormǪ Lv 9/5V (Korm 9). — [6] meðan ‘meanwhile’: Emended by Skj B and Skald to mæki ‘with a sword’. — [7-8]: The wording here is grimly playful. The cpd herkumbl usually refers to a token or mark on a helmet and can also be a heiti for helmet; see Þul Hjálms 2/2III, Hálf 9/3. A herkuml beneath the helmet, however, is in the wrong place and hence is a wound to the face.

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