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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjálmþér Ingason (Hjþ)

volume 8; ed. Richard L. Harris;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 16

not in Skj

Lausavísur — Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ)

Not published: do not cite (Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ))

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SkP info: VIII, 525

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12 — Hjþ Lv 12VIII (HjǪ 34)

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Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 34 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 525.

Hörðr hann heitir,         hefir fátt prýði,
velr um vápn sjaldan,         vill ei skart þiggja,
öldungis einninn         ekki hræðiz,
maðr mjök snarligr;         met ek hann mikils.

Hann heitir Hörðr, hefir fátt prýði, velr sjaldan um vápn, vill ei þiggja skart, öldungis einninn hræðiz ekki, maðr mjök snarligr; ek met hann mikils.

He is called Hǫrðr, has little gallantry, seldom chooses weapons, will not accept finery, likewise absolutely shows no fear, a man most keen; I value him greatly.

Mss: 109a IIIˣ(273v-274r), papp6ˣ(53v), ÍBR5ˣ(95) (HjǪ)

Readings: [3] sjaldan: so papp6ˣ, ÍBR5ˣ, ‘sk sjaldan’ 109a IIIˣ    [5] öldungis: ‘old[…]’ 109a IIIˣ, öldunga papp6ˣ, aldregi ÍBR5ˣ    [6] ekki: ekki hann ÍBR5ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis IV 13: AII, 339, BII, 360-1, Skald II, 195, NN §2619; HjǪ 1720, 50, FSN 3, 494, FSGJ 4, 219, HjǪ 1970, 41, 95, 157.

Context: Hjálmþér introduces Hǫrðr to the court with this stanza.

Notes: [4] ei ‘not’: The reading of all mss. Skj B, Skald and FSGJ change to eigi ‘not’, but this makes the line unmetrical. — [5] öldungis ‘absolutely’: The reading of 109a IIIˣ is now unclear; Skj A records it as ‘olldvge’. Both Skj B and Skald change to the older form ǫllungis, but the later form is retained here and by FSN and FSGJ.  — [5] einninn ‘likewise’: A late form of einnig (< einn veg). Both Skj B and Skald restore the older form. — [7-8]: In order to avoid double alliteration here, Skj B changes the word order of l. 8 to mikils met ek hann, while Kock inverts the order of the two lines 7-8, treating met ek hann mikils ‘I value him greatly’ as an intercalary clause. Neither operation is necessary, as l. 7 is fornyrðislag with alliteration in metrical positions 1 and 2, while l. 8 is málaháttr, in which the two syllables of mikils carry secondary stress and no stress respectively.

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