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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Not published: do not cite (Hjþ LvVIII (HjǪ))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, 536

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16 — Hjþ Lv 16VIII (HjǪ 44)

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Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 44 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 16)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 536.

Burt er Snarvendill,         ór slíðrum horfinn;
má ek eigi víg vekja,         veldr því Ölvir.
Hefna munda ek Harðar,         ef hann hér væri,
ok rjóða minn mæki         í manna blóði.

Snarvendill er burt, horfinn ór slíðrum; ek má eigi vekja víg, Ölvir veldr því. Ek munda hefna Harðar, ef hann væri hér, ok rjóða mæki minn í blóði manna.

Snarvendill is gone, disappeared from the scabbard; I cannot stir up battle, Ǫlvir causes that. I would avenge Hǫrðr, if it were here, and redden my sword in the blood of men.

Mss: 109a IIIˣ(280v-281r), papp6ˣ(59v), ÍBR5ˣ(104) (HjǪ)

Readings: [3] víg: so papp6ˣ, ÍBR5ˣ, ‘vy[…]’ 109a IIIˣ    [7] mæki: mækir papp6ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis VI 3: AII, 341, BII, 363, Skald II, 196; HjǪ 1720, 73, FSN 3, 512-13, FSGJ 4, 238, HjǪ 1970, 60, 110, 177.

Context: Immediately after Hringr’s last stanza the prose text states Hjálmþér vill þá þrífa til sverðsins, ok var þat í burtu ‘Hjálmþér then wants to take hold of the sword, but it had disappeared’. He then speaks this stanza.

Notes: [All]: In this stanza Hjálmþér still does not seem to understand what has happened and appears to think he could gain vengeance upon King Hringr for Hǫrðr’s death if he had his sword, Snarvendill. It is possible that here, as occasionally elsewhere, the composer of the prose has confused the original narrative reflected more accurately in the poetry. The reference to Ǫlvir’s causing the sword to disappear is unexplained in the prose text. — [1] Snarvendill: The name of Hjálmarr’s sword, given to him by the finngalkn Vargeisa in return for a kiss; see HjǪ 6/1 and Note to HjǪ 46/1.

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