Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 95 (Angantýr Heiðreksson, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 466.
|Bresta mun fyrr, bróðir, in blikhvíta lind,
ok kaldr geirr koma við annan,
|ok margr gumi í gras hníga, |
en ek mun Humlung hálfan láta,
eða Tyrfing í tvau deila.
Fyrr mun in blikhvíta lind bresta, bróðir, ok kaldr geirr koma við annan, ok margr gumi hníga í gras, en ek mun láta hálfan Humlung, eða deila Tyrfing í tvau.
The white-gleaming shield will break, brother, and the cold spear clash with another, and many a man sink into the grass, before I will allow the Humlungr (‘descendant of Humli’) half, or divide Tyrfingr in two.
Mss: 2845(73v) (ll. 1-2, 5-10), 203ˣ(110r) (ll. 1-6, 9-10, 7-8), R715ˣ(31v-32r) (ll. 1-6, 9-10, 7-8) (Heiðr)
Readings:  Bresta: Bera corrected from ‘Bressa’ in the margin in another hand 203ˣ; fyrr: for 2845, ‘
áðr’ with strikethrough in another hand 203ˣ, áðr R715ˣ  in blikhvíta lind: lind in blikhvíta 2845, minn blikhvíta hönd 203ˣ, ‘iij blikr huita lind’ R715ˣ  kaldr: kaldar 203ˣ; geirr: geir 203ˣ, R715ˣ  annan: annat 203ˣ  gumi: gumi corrected from gunni in the margin in another hand 203ˣ, gunni R715ˣ  en: om. 2845, áðr en 203ˣ, áðr er R715ˣ; ek: om. 203ˣ, R715ˣ; mun: þér 203ˣ, R715ˣ; Humlung: Humlungr 203ˣ, R715ˣ  láta: arf gefak corrected from ‘arf gefa’ in another hand 203ˣ, arf gefa R715ˣ  eða: om. R715ˣ  tvau: ‘tau’ 2845, ‘midt’ 203ˣ, ‘tuennra’ R715ˣ; deila: ‘deilik’ corrected from deili in another hand 203ˣ, deili R715ˣ
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga V 10: AII, 252, BII, 271-2, Skald II, 142; Heiðr 1672, 162, FSN 1, 493-4, Heiðr 1873, 270-1, Heiðr 1924, 88, 144, FSGJ 2, 56, Heiðr 1960, 49 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 3-4, NK 304, ÍF Edd. II, 420, 422.
Context: In R
Angantýr tells Hlǫðr he has no right to the land and is acting unjustly. In U
the stanza is introduced simply, Angantýr
kvað ‘Angantýr said’.
Notes: [All]: This
stanza poses various problems for, and has seen various attempts at,
reconstruction. See Notes below. —  fyrr ‘before’: Skj, Skald, FSN, Heiðr 1873 and Edd. Min. omit, though all mss have a word here. Fyrr can, however, be accommodated in a line of Type A* (málaháttr). The emendation (2845 has ‘for’) was suggested by Suhm and Stefán Björnsson in their 1785 edn of the R text (based on ms. 345; Heiðr 1785, 190) and, probably independently, by Jón Helgason (Heiðr 1924, 88 n. 4). — [2-3]: Omitted in 2845; Skj and Skald insert these lines after the present ll. 5-6, but no ms. has this reading. — : Ms. 2845’s word order gives alliteration on the wrong syllable. Ms. R715ˣ doubtless reflects the word order presented here, with its ‘iij’ in the place of in ‘the’ likely a misreading of the minims. Blikhvíta ‘white-gleaming’ is a hap. leg., but white or bright shields are a common motif in the corpus. See Note to Heiðr 63/6. —  kaldr geirr ‘the cold spear’: Tolkien (Heiðr 1960, 49 n. 3) compares Beowulf ll. 3021-2 (Beowulf 2008, 103) gār morgenceald ‘morning-cold spear’. — [5-6]: Edd. Min. places these lines in square
brackets, but they appear in all mss. — [7-10]: None of the mss’ readings work perfectly as they stand, but the insertion of en to go with fyrr l.1 (= fyrr en ‘before’) from 203ˣ and the emendation of ms. ‘tau’, with the line break after the ‘t’, to tvau ‘two’ are the only changes necessary to 2845’s reading, and that is presented here. Skj B and FSGJ also follow this order, though the former places ll. 7-8 in square brackets, while Skald omits them altogether. Both begin l. 9 áðr ek ‘before I’. The U redaction reverses the order of the last two long-lines, but also presents variants, both compared to the R redaction and between the two U mss. Ms. 203ˣ gives the better reading: áðr en Tyrfing | í mið [ms, ‘midt’, ‘tuenn ra’ R715ˣ] deilak, | eða þér, Humlungr, | hálfan arf gefak ‘before I divide Tyrfingr in the middle, or I give to you, Humlungr, half the inheritance’. The enclitic 1st pers. pronouns could well have been in the original stanza, but are editorial in the ms. NK and Heiðr 1960 follow U, emending mið ‘middle’ to tvau ‘two’, while Edd. Min. follows the order of U, but picks and chooses variants from 2845 to produce a composite reading. —  Humlung ‘the Humlungr (“descendant of Humli”)’: I.e. Hlǫðr. Humli was his mother’s father. —  Tyrfing ‘Tyrfingr’: See Notes to Angantýr Lv 2/3 (Heiðr 30) and Þul Sverða 7/6III.