This interface will soon cease to be publicly available. Use the new interface instead. Click here to switch over now.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas

login: password: stay logged in: help

Hergunnr (Hergunnr)

volume 8; ed. Richard L. Harris;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 3

Lausavísur — Hergunnr LvVIII (HjǪ)

Richard L. Harris (forthcoming), ‘ Hergunnr, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 24 January 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3 

SkP info: VIII, 514

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

3 — Hergunnr Lv 3VIII (HjǪ 21)

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 21 (Hergunnr, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 514.

Hvar ertu Margerðr,         mær in öflgasta?
Vinnr þú sigr lítinn         á siklings liði.
Hryggr er hálflaminn         en herðar brotnar,
sterkr er stafnbúi;         stökkva mun nú verða.

Hvar ertu Margerðr, in öflgasta mær? Þú vinnr lítinn sigr á liði siklings. Hryggr er hálflaminn en herðar brotnar, stafnbúi er sterkr; nú mun verða stökkva.

Where are you Margerðr, most powerful maiden? You are gaining small victory over the prince’s company. [My] back is half crippled, and my shoulders broken, the forecastle-man [Hjálmþér] is strong; now we must take flight.

Mss: 109a IIIˣ(271r), papp6ˣ(51v), ÍBR5ˣ(92) (HjǪ)

Readings: [2] in: om. papp6ˣ    [3] sigr lítinn: lítinn sigr papp6ˣ    [5] hálflaminn: hálflestr corrected from hálflestr eðr hálflaminn in another hand papp6ˣ    [8] nú: þú papp6ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis III 11: AII, 337, BII, 358, Skald II, 193; HjǪ 1720, 40, FSN 3, 485, FSGJ 4, 210, HjǪ 1970, 33-4, 90, 149.

Context: Seriously injured by Hjálmþér, with whom she fights a single combat, Hergunnr calls to her sisters for retreat.

Notes: [3] lítinn sigr ‘small victory’: That is, no victory, an example of litotes. — [5-8]: These lines are structurally similar to ll. 5-8 of the previous stanza and emphasise the powerlessness of the ogresses, for all their grotesque bodily strength, in the face of the heroes’ aggression.

Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated