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Humli konungr (Humli)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 3

Lausavísur — Humli LvVIII (Heiðr)

Hannah Burrows (forthcoming), ‘ Humli konungr, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 26 October 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3 

SkP info: VIII, 472

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1 — Humli Lv 1VIII (Heiðr 100)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 100 (Humli konungr, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 472.

Sitja skulum vér í vetr
ok sælliga lifa,
drekka ok dæma
dýrar veigar,
kenna Húnum
vápn at búa,
þau er djarfliga
skulum fram bera.


We shall sit during winter and live prosperously, drink costly draughts and make conversation, teach the Huns to prepare the weapons that we shall carry forth boldly.

context: Hlǫðr returns home and tells his maternal grandfather, King Humli, that he has been refused an equal division of the inheritance. Humli grows angry at his daughter’s son being called the son of a servant woman, and speaks the stanza.

notes: [3]: The same line is found in 32/9, Sigsk 2/5 (both in the past tense) and Ǫrv 25/1 (in the 1st pers. pl. pret.). — [4]: The same line is found in Hyndl 50/6 and HHund II 46/2, and cf. Heiðr 97/2 fagrar veigar ‘fair draughts’. — [5-6]: Alliteration is lacking. To restore, all eds emend vápn ‘weapons’ to hervápn ‘war-weapons’, on the basis of a reading in Holm papp. 120, a ms. which is not of independent value (but cf. herlið ‘war-troop’ in Heiðr 101/2). However, the line is still unmetrical unless at ‘to’ is deleted. — [7-8]: Again, these lines lack alliteration. Skj B emends djarfliga ‘boldly’ to framliga (translating djærvt), with similar meaning. Heiðr 1873 offers frœknliga ‘valiantly’, followed by Edd. Min., FSGJ and Heiðr 1960, while Skald chooses to emend fram ‘forth’ in l. 8 to dramb ‘arrogance’. These conjectures are all unsupported by ms. evidence.

texts: Heiðr 100

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga VI 1 (AII, 253; BII, 273); Skald II, 142, NN §3184; Heiðr 1672, 166, FSN 1, 495-6, Heiðr 1873, 274, Heiðr 1924, 146, FSGJ 2, 58-9, Heiðr 1960, 51 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 6, NK 306, ÍF Edd. II, 424.


AM 203 folx (203x) 110v, 16 - 110v, 18 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 32v, 8 - 32v, 12 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
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