Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 29 (Angantýr Arngrímsson, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 390.
context: A prose interjection in R715ˣ reads (Heiðr 1924, 108): I þui bili opnudust haugarnir, og var allt at sia sem logi eirn, ok þa var þetta kuedid i haugi Anganntyrs ‘At that moment the mounds opened, and everything was like a single flame to look at, and then this was said in Angantýr’s mound’.
notes: The draugr or animate, corporeal ghost of a deceased person, in particular the inhabitant of a burial mound (LP; Fritzner; CVC; cf. haugbúi ‘mound-dweller’) is a common figure in Old Norse literature. The revenant may remain inside the mysteriously-opened mound (see Heiðr 22/6), as Angantýr does here, or break out to interact with (often haunt) the living (see Chadwick 1946 for comprehensive examples and discussion). The recitation of verse is a characteristic commonly associated with draugar (ibid., 61-5 and 106-18); for a situation similar to the present one, see Nj ch. 78, in which the mound of Gunnarr Hámundarson opens and he is heard to recite poetry (GunnHám Lv 14V (Nj 29)), although in that instance there is no-one involved in dialogue with him. SnSt Ht 30III exemplifies a metre called there draughent, though it is not clear whether this means ‘ghost-rhymed’ or ‘trunk-rhymed’ (see Note to [All] there). — A prose context similar to that given at this point in R715ˣ occurs slightly later in the exchange in the other mss, before Angantýr Lv 3 (Heiðr 32). That stanza does not appear in R715ˣ, however.
texts: ‹Heiðr 29 (27/12)›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga III 5 (AII, 246; BII, 266); Skald II, 138; Heiðr 1672, 92, FSN 1, 436, 520, Heiðr 1873, 215-16, 317, Heiðr 1924, 24, 108-9, FSGJ 2, 16-17, Heiðr 1960, 15; Edd. Min. 16.