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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)

Hannah Burrows (forthcoming), ‘ Hervǫr, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 30 November 2021)

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for reference only:  19x 

SkP info: VIII, 403

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18 — Herv Lv 18VIII (Heiðr 44)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 44 (Hervǫr, Lausavísur 18)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 403.

Ek mun ganga         til gjálfrmara;
nú er hilmis mær         í hugum góðum.
Lítt ræki ek þat,         lofðunga niðr,
hvé synir mínir         síðan deila.

Ek mun ganga til {gjálfrmara}; nú er mær hilmis í góðum hugum. Ek ræki þat lítt, niðr lofðunga, hvé synir mínir deila síðan.

I will go to {the sea-horses} [SHIPS]; now the prince’s girl is in good spirits. I care little, son of rulers, how my sons contend afterwards.

Mss: Hb(74v), 2845(65v) (ll. 1-7), R715ˣ(14v) (Heiðr)

Readings: [3] nú: mun corrected fromin the hand of JR R715ˣ;    er hilmis: ei corrected from er hilmis in the hand of JR R715ˣ    [4] hugum: huga 2845, hug R715ˣ    [5] ræki ek: so 2845, R715ˣ, hræðumz Hb    [6] lofðunga: lofðunga corrected from lofðungit in the scribal hand Hb;    niðr: vinr 2845, R715ˣ    [7] hvé: hvat 2845, R715ˣ;    synir mínir: ‘s.’ 2845

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga III 20: AII, 249, BII, 269, Skald II, 140; Heiðr 1672, 94, FSN 1, 441, 522, Heiðr 1873, 221, 321, Heiðr 1924, 32, 112, FSGJ 2, 21, Heiðr 1960, 18-19; Edd. Min. 19.

Notes: [All]: A lacuna of one folio in 2845 begins part way through l. 7; the rest of the dialogue between Hervǫr and Angantýr is now lost from that ms. — [2] gjálfrmara ‘the sea-horses [SHIPS]’: Verelius emended (quite unnecessarily) to ‑manna ‘sea-men, sailors’ (Heiðr 1672, 94). Though this exact cpd gjálfrmara is unique in poetry, similar kennings occurr in Pl 48/8VII (gjalfrhestr ‘sea-stallion’), Bǫlv Hardr 8/3II (gjalfrstóð ‘surge-steed’) and HHund I 30/7 (gjalfrdýr ‘sea-beast’). — [5] ek ræki ‘I care’: Mss 2845 and R715ˣ are in agreement on this reading, similarly preferred by Skj B and Skald, against Hb’s hræðumz ‘I fear’, which also gives good sense. Either reading is possible metrically. — [7-8]: Hervǫr goes on to have two sons, the good-natured and popular Angantýr and the trouble-making Heiðrekr, who is sent away to be fostered. There is no indication of sibling ‘contention’ until Heiðrekr kills his brother with an indiscriminately-thrown stone. Tyrfingr is not involved in that trouble. Tolkien (Heiðr 1960, xi) suggests a now-lost account of strife between them may have once existed. Hervǫr’s grandsons, on the other hand, the sons of Heiðrekr, contend over their inheritance in what becomes a battle between nations, resulting in one brother slaying the other (cf. Schück 1918, 79; Heiðr 1960, xi and n. 3).

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