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Skinnhúfa/Hildisif (Skinnhúfa)

volume 8; ed. Richard L. Harris;

VIII. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Lausavísa — Skinnhúfa LvVIII (HjǪ)

Not published: do not cite (Skinnhúfa LvVIII (HjǪ))

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis (AII, 333-41, BII, 353-63)

SkP info: VIII, 537

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1 — Skinnhúfa Lv 1VIII (HjǪ 45)

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Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 45 (Skinnhúfa/Hildisif, Lausavísa 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 537.

Sax hefir þú, Ölvir,
slík eru vápn færi,
bana veitti Bendli,
barstu þat ór helli.
Brá ek hilmis sonum
í hana líki;
forðaðak ykru fjörvi;
fegri em ek hóti.


You have a sword, Ǫlvir, there are few weapons like it, it gave death to Bendill <giant>, you bore it out of a cave. I changed the sons of a king into the bodies of roosters; I saved your lives; now I am a little more beautiful.

context: A young woman, who turns out to be Hildisif Ptólómeusdóttir, reminds Ǫlvir of the episode when, as Skinnhúfa, she helped him obtain her giant captor’s sword, the only weapon that could kill him. She thus makes clear her former, enchanted, identity to him and to the saga audience.

texts: HjǪ 45

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis VI 4 (AII, 341; BII, 363); Skald II, 191; HjǪ 1720, 73-4, FSN 3, 513, FSGJ 4, 238, HjǪ 1970, 60, 110, 178.


AM 109 a III 8°x (109a IIIx) 281r, 3 - 281r, 6 (HjǪ)  transcr.  image  
Holm papp 6 4°x (papp6x) 59v - 59v (HjǪ)  image  
ÍBR 5 folx (ÍBR5x) 104 - 104 (HjǪ)  image  
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