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Hervǫr (Herv)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 20

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 19 September 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19 

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;
er hilmis mær
í hugum góðum.
Lítt ræki ek þat,
lofðunga niðr,
hvé synir mínir
síðan deila.


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.

notes: 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. — [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).

texts: Heiðr 44 (40/27)

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.


AM 544 4° (Hb) 74v, 1 - 74v, 2 (Heiðr)  image  image  image  
GKS 2845 4° (2845) 65v, 21 - 65v, 22 [1-7] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 14v, 1 - 14v, 3 (Heiðr)  image  
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