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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Not published: do not cite (Hjálm LvVIII)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, 836

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11 — Hjálm Lv 11VIII (Ǫrv 21)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 21 (Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri, Lausavísur 11)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 836.

The following four stanzas are found only in mss of Ǫrv. Although they occur in the order 21-4 (Hjálm Lv 11-14), that sequence is interrupted, as follows, by stanzas which are in both the Ǫrv and Heiðr mss, with the four stanzas in question shown in bold: Hjálm Lv 4 (Ǫrv 14); Hjálm Lv 11 (Ǫrv 21); Hjálm Lv 9 (Ǫrv 19); Hjálm Lv 7 (Ǫrv 17); Hjálm Lv 12 (Ǫrv 22); Hjálm Lv 13 (Ǫrv 23); Hjálm Lv 5 (Ǫrv 15); Hjálm Lv 8 (Ǫrv 18); Hjálm Lv 14 (Ǫrv 24). This is the order of these stanzas in the Ǫrv mss, except that 343a reverses the order of Ǫrv 17 and 22; the order of the Heiðr mss is as set out in section 1 of the Introduction to Ǫrv 13-29 above; ms. 344a is taken as the main ms. for this group of stanzas.

Fregna eigi þat
á fold konur,
at ek fyr höggum
hlífaz léta.
Hlær eigi at því,
at ek hlíða gerðak,
snót svinnhuguð
Sigtúnum í.


Women in the land will not hear tell that I allowed myself to be spared from blows. The quick-thinking lady in Sigtuna will not deride me because I gave ground.

context: In the Ǫrv mss, this stanza is preceded by Hjálm Lv 4 (Ǫrv 14) and a passage of prose, in which Hjálmarr asks Oddr to listen to the poem he is about to compose and take it back to Sweden. This stanza is the first of a block of eight that then follow.

notes: [7-8]: Ms. 344a’s version of these lines is corrupt. Aside from the reading svá at ‘so that’ where all other mss have snót, a poetic word for ‘lady’, whatever stood for l. 8 has been erased and the words ‘sigradan spyrie’ written over the top in a later hand which projects into the right margin.

texts: Ǫrv 21

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga α 1 (AII, 294; BII, 314-15); Skald II, 167, NN §2599; Ǫrv 1888, 103, Ǫrv 1892, 57, FSGJ 2, 258; Edd. Min. 49.


AM 344 a 4° (344a) 17v, 13 - 17v, 14 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 68v, 6 - 68v, 7 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 75r - 75r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 36v, 21 - 36v, 28 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 14v, 27 - 15r, 2 (Ǫrv)  
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