Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 17 (Ǫlvir Herrauðsson, Lausavísa 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 509.
Hvat skal ek kalla þetta,
hvar þarftu mér bregða,
konungr, um kvensemi,
kátr, um miðnætti?
En hverja hýsnoppu,
sem þú at heiðum finnr,
viltu, at þér í sinni
sé* allar ….
What shall I say to this, why do you need to rouse me, merry king, about desire for women at midnight? And every downy-snouted [girl] that you find on the heaths, do you want all … to be in your company?
context: Ǫlvir responds to
Hjálmþér’s jocular suggestion that he take an amorous interest in the sea-ogresses with this
notes: The mss show some uncertainty about where this stanza begins and ends. The scribe of ÍBR5ˣ, who usually boldens the stanzas to distinguish them from the prose text, has not written l. 1 in bold and inserts ok kvað vísu ‘and spoke a stanza’ between the end of l. 1 and the beginning of l. 2, indicating that he considered the stanza to begin with l. 2. Both 109a IIIˣ and ÍBR5ˣ have an additional line at the end of the stanza (see Note to l. 8 below), though this is lacking in papp6ˣ, which ends with the word allar. — [5-8]: The syntax of the second helmingr is rather loose, and more than one interpretation is possible. Line 6 follows the readings of 109a IIIˣ and ÍBR5ˣ, but most eds have adopted papp6ˣ’s sem á heiðum finnr. Skj B understands ll. 7-8 as a statement de vil du alle skal følge dig ‘you want them all to follow you’ but Kock (NN §3296B) suggests that these lines are intended as a question, and this is the understanding presented here.
texts: ‹HjǪ 17›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis III 7 (AII, 336; BII, 357); Skald II, 193, NN §3296B; HjǪ 1720, 38, FSN 3, 483, FSGJ 4, 208, HjǪ 1970, 32, 89, 147-8.