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Hjálmþér Ingason (Hjþ)

volume 8; ed. Richard L. Harris;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 16

Lausavísur — Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ)

Richard L. Harris (forthcoming), ‘ Hjálmþér Ingason, 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   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16 

SkP info: VIII, 522

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10 — Hjþ Lv 10VIII (HjǪ 30)

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Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 30 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 10)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 522.

Hjálmþér ek heiti,         hirði ek fátt segja
fylki framvísum         á fyrsta kveldi.
Vil ek eigi hvarfla hér         á hallar gólfi;
seg mér til sætis,         sonr em ek grams Inga.

Ek heiti Hjálmþér, ek hirði segja framvísum fylki fátt á fyrsta kveldi. Ek vil eigi hvarfla hér á gólfi hallar; seg mér til sætis, ek em sonr Inga grams.

I am called Hjálmþér, I care to say little to the prophetic king on the first evening. I do not want to wander about here on the floor of the hall; direct me to a seat, I am the son of King Ingi.

Mss: 109a IIIˣ(273v), papp6ˣ(53v), ÍBR5ˣ(95) (HjǪ)

Readings: [2] hirði: hirð papp6ˣ, ÍBR5ˣ    [3] fylki: so ÍBR5ˣ, fylkir 109a IIIˣ, papp6ˣ;    ‑vísum: so papp6ˣ, ÍBR5ˣ, vísi 109a IIIˣ    [5] Vil: hirði papp6ˣ;    hvarfla: hvarla papp6ˣ    [8] sonr: son ÍBR5ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis IV 9: AII, 338, BII, 359-60, Skald II, 194, NN §126; HjǪ 1720, 49, FSN 3, 492-3, FSGJ 4, 218, HjǪ 1970, 40, 95, 156.

Context: Hjálmþér speaks this stanza in answer to Hundingi’s request for him to identify himself.

Notes: [All]: Hjálmþér’s response to Hundingi is a rather circumspect and guarded one, unlike the traditional proclamation of a hero’s identity; cf. Fáfn 1-2. — [3] framvísum fylki ‘to the prophetic king’: Hervǫr has forewarned Hjálmþér that her father knows everything in advance af fítónsanda innblæstri ‘with inspiration of magic’ (FSGJ 4, 216). — [5] hér ‘here’: Kock (NN §126) objects to Skj B’s omission of this adv. because of the line’s double alliteration. — [8] em ‘am’: On the mss’ variant form er beside em ‘am’, see Note to HjǪ 7/7. — [8] Inga ‘Ingi’: In HjǪ the name of Hjálmþér’s father; elsewhere the name of a dwarf (SnE 2005, 17) and of a historical Norwegian king, Ingi Haraldsson (d. 1161), often written as an alternative form to Yngvi, a name of the Norse god Freyr; see LP: ingi.

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