Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 36 (Hundingi konungr, Lausavísur 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 527.
indicates that he will not have Hǫrðr left out of the seating arrangements and
asks Hundingi for winter quarters, as Hervǫr had advised him to do. Hundingi
presents him with the difficult task of obtaining the two horns of his ‘calf’
(really a man-eating bull) or losing his life. Hjálmþér asks to be first directed
to a seat and the king responds with this stanza.
notes: : All mss have várum höllum (papp6ˣ crosses out várum), but this word order has been inverted, as in Skj B, both to regularise the alliteration and for syntactical reasons. Kock (NN §128) objects to the inversion of word order, but supports Skj B’s change of várum to órum, which is, however, found largely in early poetry (cf. ANG §467.2) and is unlikely here.
texts: ‹HjǪ 36›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis IV 15 (AII, 339; BII, 361); Skald II, 195, NN §128; HjǪ 1720, 51, FSN 3, 495, FSGJ 4, 220, HjǪ 1970, 41-2, 96, 158.