Cite as: Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 9 (Vargeisa/Álfsól, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 501.
Vertu ei svá ærr, maðr,
at þú Ölvi grandir;
vertu honum heill, hilmir;
hann er þér hollr, fylkir.
Láttu eigi illmæli
æða lund þína;
vel þér vini tryggva;
vertu þeim hollr, dróttinn.
Do not be so furious, man, that you injure Ǫlvir; be true to him, ruler; he is loyal to you, king. Do not let slander enrage your temperament; choose for yourself trustworthy friends; be loyal to them, lord.
of the next episode of the saga, in which Hjálmþér will display brief
and inexplicable anger towards his comrade, even threatening his life, Vargeisa
warns the hero not to harm Ǫlvir.
notes: The stanza is full of gnomic wise advice that Vargeisa offers Hjálmþér in his role as a leader of men; cf. Hávm 44 and Anon Hsv 49, 50, 52, 60 and 74VII. — [1-2]: Cf. HHund II 51/1-2 (NK 161), Verðu eigi svá œr, | at ein farir ‘Do not be so mad as to go alone’.
texts: ‹HjǪ 9›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis II 7 (AII, 334-5; BII, 355); Skald II, 192; HjǪ 1720, 30, FSN 3, 476, FSGJ 4, 201, HjǪ 1970, 26, 84, 140.