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Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri (Hjálm)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 19

Lausavísur — Hjálm LvVIII

Not published: do not cite (Hjálm LvVIII)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19 

SkP info: VIII, 832

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8 — Hjálm Lv 8VIII (Ǫrv 18)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 18 (Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri, Lausavísur 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 832.

Dragðu mér af hendi
hring inn rauða,
færðu inni ungu
mun henni
hugfastr tregi,
er ek eigi kem
til Uppsala.


Take from my arm the red-gold ring, bear it to the young Ingibjǫrg. That grief will [be] fixed in her mind, when I do not come to Uppsala.

context: In the Heiðr ms. 2845 this stanza follows from Ǫrv 17 without intervening prose. In R715ˣ the order of Ǫrv 18 and 19 is reversed (see Note to [All] below). In the Ǫrv mss, Ǫrv 18 follows Hjálm Lv 5 (Ǫrv 15) in a long sequence of eight stanzas without any intervening prose.

notes: Many previous eds have argued that 2845’s order of the sts Hjálm Lv 8 (Ǫrv 18) and Lv 9 (Ǫrv 19) – the order presented here and in Skj and Skald – is less good than the order of R715ˣ, where they are reversed (cf. Heiðr 1924, lxviii; Heiðr 1960, 9 n. 2, 74-5). While one can argue that Hjálmarr’s gesture of taking off his arm-ring and asking the hearer to take it to Ingibjǫrg suggests his end is fast approaching, and while Lv 9 seems to revert to an earlier stage of his life when he left the court and undertook viking adventures, each of the stanzas is in fact self-contained and they could be combined in various ways. As Lönnroth (1971, 12) has pointed out, there is no narrative development in Hjálmarr’s death-song, just an intensification of its melodramatic mood. — [7-8]: Here R715ˣ and the Ǫrv mss offer a very different reading from that of 2845. A comparison with Hjálm Lv 12 (Ǫrv 22), which neither 2845 nor R715ˣ have, makes it clear that the last couplet of Lv 8 is a variant on the last couplet of Lv 12, and that the whole of the second helmingr of Lv 12 offers a variant of the second helmingr of Lv 8 in the version of the Ǫrv mss.

texts: Heiðr 10, Ǫrv 18

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IV 6 (AII, 293-4; BII, 314); Skald II, 167; Ǫrv 1888, 104, Ǫrv 1892, 58, FSGJ 2, 259-60; Heiðr 1924, 13, 101, Heiðr 1960, 9; Edd. Min. 51, 52.


GKS 2845 4° (2845) 64r, 8 - 64r, 10 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 10v, 19 - 10v, 22 (Heiðr)  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 17v, 24 - 17v, 26 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 68v, 15 - 68v, 16 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 75r, 20 - 75r, 22 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 37r, 32 - 37v, 3 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 15r, 10 - 15r, 12 (Ǫrv)  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated