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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri (Hjálm)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 19

not in Skj

Lausavísur — Hjálm LvVIII

Not published: do not cite (Hjálm LvVIII)

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SkP info: VIII, 838

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14 — Hjálm Lv 14VIII (Ǫrv 24)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 24 (Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri, Lausavísur 14)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 838.

Sé ek, hvar sitja         Sigtúnum á
fljóð, þau er löttu         farar mik þaðan.
Gleðr eigi Hjálmar         í höll konungs
öl né rekkar         um aldr síðan.

Ek sé, hvar fljóð sitja á Sigtúnum, þau er löttu mik farar þaðan. Öl né rekkar gleðr eigi Hjálmar í höll konungs síðan um aldr.

I see where those women sit in Sigtuna, who dissuaded me from my journey from there. Neither ale nor warriors will gladden Hjálmarr in the king’s hall ever afterwards.

Mss: 344a(17v), 343a(68v), 471(75r), 173ˣ(37v) (Ǫrv)

Readings: [2] á: í 173ˣ    [4] farar: so all others, fara 344a;    þaðan: þannig 343a, 471, þar veg 173ˣ    [5] Hjálmar: so all others, mik 344a    [7] rekkar: so 343a, 173ˣ, ríki 344a, rekka 471    [8] um aldr: aldri 343a, 471, 173ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga α 4: AII, 295, BII, 315, Skald II, 167; Ǫrv 1888, 103, Ǫrv 1892, 58-9, FSGJ 2, 260; Edd. Min. 51.

Context: This stanza is the last of the sequence of eight stanzas, beginning with Hjálm 11 (Ǫrv 21) that forms the main part of Hjálmarr’s death-song in the Ǫrv mss. After it the younger mss (343a, 471 and 173ˣ) follow with Ǫrv 25-9, and then there is a final prose passage in all Ǫrv mss which concludes with Ǫrv 16 and 20, which are also in the mss of Heiðr.

Notes: [7] rekkar ‘warriors’: Ms. 344a alone has ríki ‘power, rule, kingdom’, a less good reading from the point of view of sense, as Hjálmarr was a heroic warrior, rather than a ruler.

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