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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gestumblindi (Gestumbl)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Heiðreks gátur (Heiðr) - 37

not in Skj

Heiðreks gátur (‘Riddles of Heiðrekr’) — Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr)

Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur, Gestumblindes gåder (AII, 221-8, BII, 240-7); stanzas (if different): 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38

SkP info: VIII, 441

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

27 — Gestumbl Heiðr 27VIII (Heiðr 74)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 74 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 27)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 441.

Hvat er þat dýra,
er Dönum hlífir,
berr blóðugt bak,
en bergr firum,
geirum mætir,
gefr líf sumum,
leggr við lófa
lík sitt guma?
Heiðrekr konungr,
hyggðu at gátu.

 

What is that creature, that protects Danes, bears a bloody back, but saves men, meets spears, gives life to some, lays its body against the palm of a man? King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

notes: Heiðrekr’s response is (Heiðr 1960, 39): Þat er skjǫldr; hann verðr opt blóðugr í bardǫgum ok hlífir vel þeim mǫnnum, er skjaldfimir eru ‘That is a shield; it often becomes bloody in battles and protects those men well who are deft with a shield’. — [1]: See Note to Heiðr 73/1. — [4]: Cf. Heiðr 53/4.

texts: Heiðr 74 (57/56)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 17 (AII, 224; BII, 243); Skald II, 126; Heiðr 1672, 150, FSN 1, 476, Heiðr 1873, 255, 339, Heiðr 1924, 72-3, 75, 138, FSGJ 2, 45, Heiðr 1960, 39; Edd. Min. 116.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 71v, 18 - 71v, 19 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 281 4°x (281x) 100v, 2 - 100v, 3 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 597 b 4°x (597bx) 50v, 20 - 50v, 22 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 29r, 24 - 29v, 2 [1-8] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 203 folx (203x) 105r, 2 - 105r, 7 (Heiðr)  image  
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