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Hundingi konungr (Hundk)

volume 8; ed. Richard L. Harris;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 7

Lausavísur — Hundk LvVIII (HjǪ)

Richard L. Harris (forthcoming), ‘ Hundingi konungr, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 26 January 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7 

SkP info: VIII, 527

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5 — Hundk Lv 5VIII (HjǪ 36)

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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.

Harðr muntu heima,
er þú hyggz öllu ráða
oss hjá í dýrum
höllum várum.
Hefir þú brand hvassan
brynju ok hjálm vænan
ok Sófnis bingi aðra,
en set þik aptr af því.


You must be tough at home, since you think to decide everything among us in our excellent halls. You have a keen sword, a coat of mail and beautiful helmet and {other beds of Sófnir}, [GOLD] but restrain yourself from that.

context: Hjálmþér 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: [4]: 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.


AM 109 a III 8°x (109a IIIx) 274r, 15 - 274r, 18 (HjǪ)  transcr.  image  
Holm papp 6 4°x (papp6x) 54r, 1 - 54r, 4 (HjǪ)  image  
ÍBR 5 folx (ÍBR5x) 96 - 96 (HjǪ)  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated