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Hervǫr Hundingjadóttir (HervH)

volume 8; ed. Richard L. Harris;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 4

Lausavísur — HervH LvVIII (HjǪ)

Richard L. Harris (forthcoming), ‘ Hervǫr Hundingjadóttir, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 18 May 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4 

SkP info: VIII, 517

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2 — HervH Lv 2VIII (HjǪ 24)

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Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 24 (Hervǫr Hundingjadóttir, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 517.

Allt ferr eptir einu,
†er margs vita frægra
vitar til vina list†
af Nistils fólki.
Fyrr skyldir þú hanga
á hávum gálga
en í †glaumtigum†;
gakk þú ei framar hóti.


Everything goes in the same way, from the people of Nistill. You ought to hang on the high gallows sooner than in ; do not go one bit further.

context: Hervǫr warns Hǫrðr again of her father’s powers immediately after HjǪ 23, the stanza being introduced with ok enn kvað hón ‘and she spoke again’.

notes: Once again, as with the previous two stanzas, this one is textually corrupt, and it is very difficult to make sense of ll. 2-3 and 7. Kock (NN §3297) observes that the stanza’s verse-form is aberrant. Previous eds have emended ll. 2-4 in the following way, drawing on the annotations in papp6ˣ; so Skj B and FSGJ, and, with small differences, Skald: eigi mart vitum frægra, | virðar vinna listir | ok val tafni fæða ‘we do not know much more famous, men perform sports and feed the hawk with carrion’. There is no way of knowing whether these conjectures had any ms. authority.

texts: HjǪ 24

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis IV 3 (AII, 337; BII, 358); Skald II, 193-4, NN §3297; HjǪ 1720, 46, FSN 3, 490, FSGJ 4, 215, HjǪ 1970, 38, 93-4, 154.


AM 109 a III 8°x (109a IIIx) 272v, 23 - 272v, 26 (HjǪ)  transcr.  image  
Holm papp 6 4°x (papp6x) 52v - 52v (HjǪ)  image  
ÍBR 5 folx (ÍBR5x) 94 - 94 (HjǪ)  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated