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Heiðr (Heiðr)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 3

Lausavísur — Heiðr LvVIII (Ǫrv)

Not published: do not cite (Heiðr LvVIII (Ǫrv))

stanzas:  1   2   3 

SkP info: VIII, 812

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3 — Heiðr Lv 3VIII (Ǫrv 3)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 3 (Heiðr, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 812.

Naðr mun þik höggva
neðan á fæti,
fránn ór fornum
Faxa hausi.


A snake will strike you from below on the leg, gleaming from the ancient skull of Faxi.

context: See Introduction above.

notes: The helmingr above is based on 7. Ms. 344a follows the same text for ll. 1-4 but adds two lines which correspond to ll. 7-8 of the version of the younger mss printed below. The three younger mss, 343a, 471 and 173ˣ, have an appreciably different, and longer, version of this stanza, labelled by Finnur Jónsson 3b. The text of this version based on 471 is edited below.

Skal þér ormr tapa         eiturblandinn
fránn ór fornum         Faxa hausi.
Naðr mun þik höggva         neðan á fæti;
þá ertu fullgamall,         fylkir, orðinn.

Eiturblandinn ormr skal tapa þér, fránn ór fornum hausi Faxa. Naðr mun höggva þik neðan á fæti; þá ertu, fylkir, fullgamall orðinn.

A serpent mixed with poison will destroy you, gleaming from the ancient skull of Faxi. A snake will strike you from below on the leg; then, you, leader, will have reached your full age.

Readings: [1] tapa: granda 343a    [2] eitur-: með eitri 173ˣ    [4] hausi: hausa 173ˣ    [6] neðan: om. 173ˣ    [7] ertu: þú ert 173ˣ

— A comparison of the shorter (7) and longer versions of this stanza shows that ll. 3-6 of the longer one simply rearrange the shorter and then expand to make a full stanza by adding ll. 1-2, which elaborate on the stanza’s essential information, and by adding ll. 7-8, which is also present in 344a. In l. 2, the cpd adj. eiturblandinn ‘mixed with poison’ requires the desyllabified form for metrical reasons, suggesting that this line at least is likely to be a composition of the C14th. 

texts: Ǫrv 3

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga I 3 (AII, 289-90; BII, 310-11); Skald II, 165; Ǫrv 1888, 15, Ǫrv 1892, 9, FSGJ 2, 208; Edd. Min. 93.


Holm perg 7 4° (7) 44v, 4 - 44v, 4 [1-4] (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 2v, 15 - 2v, 16 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 62r - 62r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 60v - 60v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 19r, 24 - 19r, 31 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 2v, 19 - 2v, 30 (Ǫrv)  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated