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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Not published: do not cite (Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ))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, 511

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8 — Hjþ Lv 8VIII (HjǪ 19)

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Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 19 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 511.

Gakk þú framar hóti,
fyrr en þú á seyði dragir
þenna þjóðkonung;
þú ert flagð it hraustasta.
Ettu fram járnhrömmum,
ef þú afli treystir,
drós in dulrífa,
en ek mun dvergasmíði.


Advance a bit further before you drag this mighty king onto the fire; you are the boldest ogress. Unleash your iron claws, if you trust in your strength, wilful woman, and I will [unleash] my {dwarfs’ work}. [SWORD]

context: Hjálmþér responds immediately to Hergunnr’s challenge in HjǪ 18 with a whetting stanza of his own.

notes: The tone of the stanza is mock heroic, Hjálmþér referring to himself as a þjóðkonungr ‘mighty king’ (l. 3) and his opponent as a confirmed member of the flagð ‘ogress, troll-woman’ species (l. 4). In ll. 5-8, too, the conflict is presented as between the brute strength (afl, l. 6) of the ogress and the more sophisticated reliance of the hero on artefacts, here said to be the work of dwarfs (dvergasmíði, l. 8). A similar opposition is expressed in GrL 5.

texts: HjǪ 19

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis III 9 (AII, 336; BII, 357); Skald II, 193, NN§2616; HjǪ 1720, 39, FSN 3, 484, FSGJ 4, 209, HjǪ 1970, 33, 89, 148.


AM 109 a III 8°x (109a IIIx) 270v, 21 - 270v, 25 (HjǪ)  transcr.  image  
Holm papp 6 4°x (papp6x) 51r - 51r (HjǪ)  image  
ÍBR 5 folx (ÍBR5x) 92 - 92 (HjǪ)  image  
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