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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Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))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, 447

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

33 — Gestumbl Heiðr 33VIII (Heiðr 80)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 80 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 33)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 447.

ek á sumri
sólbjörgum í
verðung vaka,
vilgi teita.
Drukku jarlar
öl þegjandi,
en æpanda
ölker stóð.
Heiðrekr konungr,
hyggðu at gátu.

 

I saw a retinue be wakeful, not at all happy, in summer at sunset. The jarls drank ale in silence, but the ale-keg stood squealing. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

notes: Heiðrekr’s response is (Heiðr 1960, 42): Þar drukku grísir gylti, en hon hrein við ‘There piglets drank from a sow, and she squealed at that’. The H redaction has rather more prose (Heiðr 1924, 80): ‘þat er grísasýr; þá er grísir sjúga hana, þá hrínn hón, en þeir þegja; en eigi veit ek, hvat manna þú ert, er þvílíka hluti gerir svá mjúklega af lítlum efnum.’ Ok nú biðr konungr í hljóði at byrgja skuli hallardyrrnar ‘“that is a sow with piglets; when the piglets suck her, then she squeals, but they are silent; but I don’t know what kind of man you are, when you make such things so adroitly from little material.” And now the king orders in secret that the hall-doors should be closed’.

texts: Heiðr 80 (65/62)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 25 (AII, 226; BII, 245); Skald II, 127; Heiðr 1672, 151, FSN 1, 482, Heiðr 1873, 259-60, 342, Heiðr 1924, 79-80, 138-9, FSGJ 2, 48, Heiðr 1960, 42; Edd. Min. 118-19.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 72r, 15 - 72r, 17 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 281 4°x (281x) 100v, 21 - 100v, 22 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 597 b 4°x (597bx) 51r, 12 - 51r, 14 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 29v, 6 - 29v, 9 [1-8] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 203 folx (203x) 106v, 1 - 106v, 6 (Heiðr)  image  
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