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Hjálmþér Ingason (Hjþ)

volume 8; ed. Richard L. Harris;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 16

Lausavísur — Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ)

Not published: do not cite (Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ))

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

SkP info: VIII, 503

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5 — Hjþ Lv 5VIII (HjǪ 11)

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Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 11 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 503.

In the passage of the saga (Ch. 12 in FSGJ) where these stanzas are located, Hjálmþér, Ǫlvir and Hǫrðr meet and contend with a number of sea-ogresses. Later Hǫrðr obtains several items from their cave that prove useful during the heroes’ subsequent confrontation at the court of King Hundingi in their quest for his daughter Hervǫr.

Hvert er þat bákn,
er í bjargi sitr
ok sér of konungs …?
Enga veit ek þér
alna fyrir jörð ofan.


Who is that monster who sits on the rock and looks down on the king’s ? I know no female born more loathsome than you on the face of the earth.

context: Noticing a huge sea-ogress, Ýma, standing in the middle of a high mountain, Hjálmþér asks her name challengingly. 

texts: HjǪ 11

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis III 1 (AII, 335; BII, 355); Skald II, 192, NN §2614; HjǪ 1720, 35, FSN 3, 480, FSGJ 4, 205, HjǪ 1970, 30, 87, 145.


AM 109 a III 8°x (109a IIIx) 269v, 13 - 269v, 15 (HjǪ)  transcr.  image  
Holm papp 6 4°x (papp6x) 50r - 50r (HjǪ)  image  
ÍBR 5 folx (ÍBR5x) 90 - 90 (HjǪ)  image  
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