This interface will soon cease to be publicly available. Use the new interface instead. Click here to switch over now.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

login: password: stay logged in: help

Marmennill (Marm)

volume 8; ed. Hubert Seelow;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 7

not in Skj

Lausavísur — Marm LvVIII (Hálf)

Hubert Seelow (forthcoming), ‘ Marmennill, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 17 January 2022)

 1   2   3   4   5   6   7 

SkP info: VIII, 313

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

5 — Marm Lv 5VIII (Hálf 10)

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 10 (Marmennill, Lausavísur 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 313.

Bresta mun baugröst,
brá mær augum
um heruð hingat
hegna til þegna.
Hafa skal hverr drengr
hjörnjóts mörg spjót,
áðr komi mikil fram
málmahríð síðan.

{Baugröst} mun bresta, mær brá augum um heruð hingat til þegna hegna. Hverr drengr {hjörnjóts} skal hafa mörg spjót, áðr {mikil málmahríð} komi fram síðan.

{The ring-path} [SHIELD] will break, the girl flashed her eyes around the district hither to the men of the defenders. Each brave fellow {of the sword-user} [WARRIOR] must have many spears, before {a great weapon-storm} [BATTLE] will then ensue.

Mss: 2845(34r) (Hálf)

Readings: [2] mær: mér 2845    [6] hjörnjóts: ‘híor níot ok’ 2845

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IV 4: AII, 258, BII, 278, Skald II, 145, NN §2381; Hálf 1864, 11, Hálf 1909, 85, FSGJ 2, 103, Hálf 1981, 114-15, 175; Edd. Min. 91.

Notes: [All]: This stanza is metrically highly irregular, with ll. 2-3 and 5 in fornyrðislag, and the remainder in various metres that Snorri Sturluson exemplified in SnSt Ht 74-8III; l. 4 is tøglag. — [1] baugröst ‘the ring-path [SHIELD]’: This is the only instance in which the kenning baugröst occurs. However, it belongs to a common pattern of shield-kennings, which alludes to the flat form of the shield (see Meissner 169-70). — [2] mær ‘the girl’: The ms. reads mér ‘to me’, which most eds emend as here. Skj B retains mér and emends augum to fyr augu ‘before my eyes’. — [6] hjörnjóts ‘of the sword-user [WARRIOR]’: The ms. reads ‘híor níot ok’, where ok is represented by a Tironian nota resembling a <z>. This can easily be mistaken for a final <z> denoting the genitive ending <s> and vice versa. The kenning hjörnjótr means ‘sword-owner, sword-user’ or possibly ‘sword-god’, as Njótr is also one of Óðinn’s names (see Meissner 261, 331-2; Þul Óðins 6/6III and Note). — [8] málmahríð ‘a weapon-storm [BATTLE]’: Skj B, Skald, Hálf 1909 and Edd. Min. emend to málmhríð with the same meaning but one fewer syllable to give a metrically regular line. In NN §2381 Kock expresses disapproval of the eds that needlessly change málmahríð to málmhríð, although málmhríð is printed in Skald. Málmahríð ‘weapon-storm’ is a kenning for ‘fight, battle’. Meissner 180 lists it as málmhríð with three examples. There is evidence that kennings for ‘man’ can also be formed with málm- as well as málma- (see Meissner 312).

© Skaldic Project Academic Body, unless otherwise noted. Database structure and interface developed by Tarrin Wills. All users of material on this database are reminded that its content may be either subject to copyright restrictions or is the property of the custodians of linked databases that have given permission for members of the skaldic project to use their material for research purposes. Those users who have been given access to as yet unpublished material are further reminded that they may not use, publish or otherwise manipulate such material except with the express permission of the individual editor of the material in question and the General Editor of the volume in which the material is to be published. Applications for permission to use such material should be made in the first instance to the General Editor of the volume in question. All information that appears in the published volumes has been thoroughly reviewed. If you believe some information here is incorrect please contact Tarrin Wills with full details.