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Gestumblindi (Gestumbl)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Heiðreks gátur (Heiðr) - 37

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

Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37 

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, 411

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2 — Gestumbl Heiðr 2VIII (Heiðr 49)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 49 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 411.

Heiman ek fór,
heiman ek för gerðak,
ek á veg vega;
vegr var undir
ok vegr yfir,
ok vegr á alla vega.
Heiðrekr konungr,
hyggðu at gátu.

 

I went from home, I made a journey from home, I saw ways on the way; a way was under and a way over, and a way on all ways. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

notes: King Heiðrekr’s response reads (Heiðr 1960, 33): þar fórtu yfir árbrú, ok var árvegr undir þér, en fuglar flugu yfir hǫfði þér ok hjá þér tveim megin, ok var þat þeira vegr ‘There you went over a river-bridge, and the river-way was under you, and birds flew over your head and next to you on both sides, and that was their way’. Hb adds (Heiðr 1924, 58): þú sátt lax í ánni, ok var þat hans vegr ‘you saw a salmon in the river, and that was his way’, but this is superfluous since the árvegr ‘river-way’ has already been mentioned. Tolkien (Heiðr 1960, 33 n. 3) suggests that l. 6 may refer to the ‘Earth-way’, so that each riddling-line refers to one of river, sky, earth. But as he also notes, there is no extant textual evidence for this possibility. — [1-2]: As Tolkien (Heiðr 1960, 33 n. 2) notes, these lines are paralleled in Fj 46/1-2 (Guðni Jónsson 1949-54, II, 533): Hvaðan þú fórt, | hvaðan þú för gerðir ‘From where have you come, | from where have you made your journey’?

texts: Heiðr 49 (42/32)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 2 (AII, 221; BII, 240); Skald II, 124; Heiðr 1672, 143, FSN 1, 465-6, 533, Heiðr 1873, 236, 333-4, Heiðr 1924, 57-8, 131, FSGJ 2, 38, Heiðr 1960, 33; Edd. Min. 106-7.

sources

AM 544 4° (Hb) 76v, 34 - 76v, 35 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
GKS 2845 4° (2845) 70v, 15 - 70v, 17 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 281 4°x (281x) 99r, 5 - 99r, 7 [2-8] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 597 b 4°x (597bx) 49r, 13 - 49r, 15 [2-8] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 203 folx (203x) 101r, 19 - 101r, 28 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 26v, 22 - 26v, 25 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
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