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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Not published: do not cite (Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ))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, 532

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

14 — Hjþ Lv 14VIII (HjǪ 41)

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 41 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 14)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 532.

In the autumn, following a sea battle in which King Hundingi and his forces are defeated, Hjálmþér, Ǫlvir and Hǫrðr venture to a marvellous land where Hǫrðr seems to die in his sleep. Hjálmþér becomes enraged with Ǫlvir momentarily. He then voices his determination to carry their faithful companion home for burial.

Berum á baki okru
brodda framkeyri,
launum svá líf honum,
látum hann eigi eptir.
Heygjum Hörð hvergi,
fyrr en heim komum,
gröfum hann heima
hallar vegg undir.

 

Let us [me] carry {the forward-driver of spear-points} [WARRIOR = Hǫrðr] on our [my] back, repay him thus for life; let us [me] not leave him behind. Let us [me] bury Hǫrðr nowhere, before we [I] come home, let us [me] bury him at home beneath the wall of the hall.

context: Hjálmþér speaks this stanza after his shock discovery that Hǫrðr is dead.

notes: Hjálmþérsrímur express the substance of this stanza in three much more prolix stanzas (IX, 36-8, Finnur Jónsson 1905-22, II, 61).

texts: HjǪ 41, HjǪ 41

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis V (AII, 340; BII, 362); Skald II, 196, NN §183; HjǪ 1720, 70, FSN 3, 510, FSGJ 4, 235, HjǪ 1970, 57, 107-8, 174-5.

sources

AM 109 a III 8°x (109a IIIx) 280r, 3 - 280r, 6 (HjǪ)  transcr.  image  
Holm papp 6 4°x (papp6x) 58v - 58v (HjǪ)  image  
ÍBR 5 folx (ÍBR5x) 103 - 103 (HjǪ)  image  
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