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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, 395

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4 — Angantýr Lv 4VIII (Heiðr 34)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 34 (Angantýr Arngrímsson, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 395.

Segi ek þér, Hervör,
— hlýttu til meðan,
vísa dóttir, —
þat er verða mun.
Sjá mun Tyrfingr,
ef þú trúa mættir,
ætt þinni, mær,
allri spilla.


I tell you, Hervǫr, what will happen; listen a while, daughter of a prince. That Tyrfingr will destroy all your family, girl, if you are able to believe it.

notes: Tolkien (Heiðr 1960, 16 n. 3) is troubled that Angantýr, who ‘is not yet persuaded to yield up the sword’, should make this prophecy at this point in the poem, and suggests the stanza ‘must be displaced’ from a later point. However, since the stanza can be read as a warning and an explanation of his reluctance, there is no good reason to suppose rearrangement is necessary. — The eds of CPB (CPB I, 167) print this stanza only in the notes, calling it a ‘duplicate’ despite the fact that ll. 1-4 appear nowhere else in the dialogue and, though ll. 5-8 appear again in Angantýr Lv 9/5-8 (Heiðr 43), there is evidence to suggest that they were not originally part of that stanza (see Note there). — [5-8]: Cf. Harð ch. 15, in which Hǫrðr and his companions break into the mound of the viking Sóti in order to steal certain treasures buried with him. When they take a gold arm-ring, Sóti warns them in verse (Sóti Lv 2/7-10V(Harð 10) that it will cause the death of all its (male) owners.

texts: Heiðr 34 (32/17)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga III 10 (AII, 247; BII, 267); Skald II, 139; Heiðr 1672, 92, FSN 1, 438, 521, Heiðr 217-18, 318-19, Heiðr 1924, 26-7, 109, FSGJ 2, 18, Heiðr 1960, 16; Edd. Min. 17.


AM 544 4° (Hb) 74r, 24 - 74r, 25 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  image  
GKS 2845 4° (2845) 65v, 6 - 65v, 8 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 13v, 19 - 13v, 21 (Heiðr)  image  
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