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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Angantýr Arngrímsson (Angantýr)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 12

not in Skj

Lausavísur — Angantýr LvVIII (Heiðr)

Hannah Burrows (forthcoming), ‘ Angantýr Arngrímsson, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 22 September 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 391

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2 — Angantýr Lv 2VIII (Heiðr 30)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 30 (Angantýr Arngrímsson, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 391.

Grófat mik faðir
frændr aðrir.
Þeir höfðu Tyrfing
tveir, er lifðu;
varð þó eigandi
einn um síðir.


A father did not bury me, nor other kinsmen. The two who lived had Tyrfingr, though one became the owner in the end.

notes: Two half-lines appear to have been lost from this stanza, probably after l. 2. Though fornyrðislag stanzas need not conform to an eight-line standard, there seems to be something missing from the sense. Skj B, Skald and Edd. Min. all indicate this by means of a dashed line or lines where the missing ones are presumed to be, while Heiðr 1960 mentions it in a note. Bugge (Heiðr 1873, 216 n.) proposed the missing lines to have implied det var vore Banemænd (el. Fiender), som lagde os i Haug ‘it was our slayers (or enemies) who laid us in the mound’. — [4-6]: Angantýr’s words are ambiguous here. The ‘two who lived’ are Hjálmarr and Ǫrvar-Oddr (cf. ǪrvOdd Lv 3/6 (Ǫrv 10) en vit tveir lifa ‘but we two will live’), though Hjálmarr only lived long enough to recite his death-song, Ǫrv 14-29. Angantýr appears to be trying to mislead Hervǫr (and cf. her response in the following stanza, Herv Lv 12 (Heiðr 31)), implying that his slayers kept the sword and that the einn ‘one’ of l. 6 is Ǫrvar-Oddr. His words are not outright untruths, though, since Hjálmarr and Ǫrvar-Oddr did have the sword in the immediate aftermath of his death, before burying it with him, and the einn could apply to Angantýr himself.

texts: Heiðr 30 (28/13)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga III 6 (AII, 246; BII, 266); Skald II, 138; Heiðr 1672, 92, FSN 1, 436, 520, Heiðr 1873, 216, 317, Heiðr 1924, 24-5, 109, FSGJ 2, 17, Heiðr 1960, 15; Edd. Min. 16.


AM 544 4° (Hb) 74r, 18 - 74r, 19 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  image  
GKS 2845 4° (2845) 65r, 21 - 65r, 22 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 13v, 12 - 13v, 15 (Heiðr)  image  
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