Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 16 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 508.
realising that he cannot deal with all the sea-ogresses on his own, awakens Ǫlvir with humorously heroic bravado as the
women approach the heroes’ tent.
notes: Compare Hjálmþérsrímur IV, 11-12 (Finnur Jónsson 1905-22, II, 28) with HjǪ 16-17. — The stanza is garbled in all mss. Lines 2, 5 and 7 are metrically
defective. The tone
of the stanza, in keeping with the nonchalant grotesqueries of the prose text
at this point in Hjálmþér’s and Ǫlvir’s adventures, is drolly mock heroic and
continues to emphasise the sexually provocative nature of the encounter between
the heroes and their aggressive and ugly female opponents with their sharp
claws and beak-like mouths. — : This line is obviously corrupted in all mss and all versions have metrical and grammatical problems as they stand. Most eds, beginning with HjǪ 1720, have adopted the corrected text written by another hand in papp6ˣ, hér bíða þín ‘here wait for you’, assuming the subject of the verb bíða ‘wait for’ to be the meyjar Hrauðungs of l. 6, itself a partially emended phrase (see further Note to l. 6 below). However, the original text of papp6ˣ is very similar to that of the other mss, and all incorporate a word, ‘hranarar’, ‘hranann’ or ‘hrana’, that is not accounted for in papp6ˣ’s altered reading, though the latter makes sense. The only Old Norse word to which these obelised forms might relate is the noun hrani ‘blusterer, rude person’, but it is not clear how a form of hrani might fit with the other words in ll. 5-6. It is remotely possible that ‘hranarar’ conceals the noun hrannar ‘waves’, and alludes to the waves as daughters of the sea-giant Ægir, in which case it might be in apposition to meyjar Hrauðungs (l. 6).
texts: ‹HjǪ 16›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis III 6 (AII, 336; BII, 356-7); Skald II, 192; HjǪ 1720, 38, FSN 3, 483, FSGJ 4, 208, HjǪ 1970, 32, 89, 147.