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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hervǫr (Herv)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 20

not in Skj

Lausavísur — Herv LvVIII (Heiðr)

Not published: do not cite (Herv LvVIII (Heiðr))

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for reference only:  19x 

SkP info: VIII, 392

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12 — Herv Lv 12VIII (Heiðr 31)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 31 (Hervǫr, Lausavísur 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 392.

Segir þú eigi satt,
— svá láti áss þik
heilan í haugi —
sem þú hafir eigi
Tyrfing með þér.
Trautt er þér at veita
arfa þínum
einar bænir.


You do not speak truly, [you speak] as though you do not have Tyrfingr with you; so may the god leave you unharmed in the mound. You are reluctant to grant one boon to your heir.

notes: This stanza poses problems of reconstruction in several places. Tolkien (Heiðr 1960, 15 n. 5) suggests there was originally a stop at the end of the first half-stanza; this is likely correct, but the extant ms. evidence now requires l. 5 to be taken with l. 4. See also following Notes. — [1]: Ms. R715ˣ has the reading chosen here (with ei for eigi ‘not’), but this appears to have been crossed out in the hand of Jón Rugman. Ms. 2845 agrees with the first four words; Hb includes mér in l. 1, but this is extrametrical (see also Andrews 1920, 97). Kock (Skald) takes the reading of Hb, Seg einsatt mér ‘Speak clearly to me’, from the adj. einsær ‘only choice’ (Fritzner, LP: einsær). He points out in NN §3182 that einsætt appears elsewhere in poetry with the meaning ‘evident, clear’; see e.g. Gamlkan Has 43/8VII, Nj 16//2V, Arngr Gd 15/6IV. This is an acceptable alternative. The reading of the present edn is chosen since 2845 and R715ˣ are almost in agreement and the sense fits the context more closely: Angantýr has told an untruth in the previous stanza, saying he does not have Tyrfingr. — [4]: Edd. Min. ends the sentence after this line (see Note [All] above): sem þú hafir eigi! ‘If you don’t have [it]!’. — [5-6]: Edd. Min. rearranges these lines to read trauðr ertu at veita | Tyrfing hvassan ‘you are reluctant to grant sharp Tyrfingr’. All mss agree that Tyrfing comes before the rest of the long-line, however, and hvassan is purely conjectural.

texts: Heiðr 31 (29/14)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga III 7 (AII, 246; BII, 266); Skald II, 138, NN §3182; Heiðr 1672, 92, FSN 1, 436-7, 520, Heiðr 1873, 216, 317-18, Heiðr 1924, 25, 109, FSGJ 2, 17, Heiðr 1960, 15; Edd. Min. 16.


AM 544 4° (Hb) 74r, 19 - 74r, 20 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  image  
GKS 2845 4° (2845) 65r, 22 - 65v, 2 (Heiðr)  image  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 13v, 15 - 13v, 18 (Heiðr)  image  
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