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Marmennill (Marm)

volume 8; ed. Hubert Seelow;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 7

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. . <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=3128> (accessed 23 September 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7 

SkP info: VIII, 313

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5 — Marm Lv 5VIII (Hálf 10)

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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).

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