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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Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))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, 412

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

3 — Gestumbl Heiðr 3VIII (Heiðr 50)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 50 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 412.

Hvat er þat drykkja,
er ek drakk í gær?
Var þat ei vín vatn,
mjǫðr mungát,
matar ekki;
þó gekk ek þorstalauss þaðan.
Heiðrekr konungr,
hyggðu at gátu.

 

What kind of drink is that which I drank yesterday? It was not wine or water, mead or ale, or any kind of food; yet I went thirstless from there. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

notes: Heiðrekr’s response reads (Heiðr 1960, 34): þar lagðisk þú í forsœlu, er dǫgg var fallin á grasi, ok kœldir svá varrir þínar ok stǫðvaðir svá þorsta þinn  ‘There you laid yourself down in the shade, where dew had fallen on the grass, and you thus cooled your lips and so quenched your thirst’. The H redaction adds (Heiðr 1924, 59): En ef þú ert sá Gestumblindi, sem ek ætlaða, þá ertu vitrari en ek hugða, því at ek hefi spurt orð þín óvitrleg, en geraz nú á leið spakleg ‘But if you are that Gestumblindi that I expected, you are wiser than I thought, because I have heard your words [to be] without wit, but they take now a wise course’. Cf. Gestumbl Heiðr 12 (Heiðr 59), whose solution begins with similar wording. — Vsp 45 (NK 53) states that Líf and Lífþrasir, the survivors of Ragnarǫk, will be nourished by morgindǫgg ‘morning dew’. — [2]: Similar to Gestumbl Heiðr 1/2 (Heiðr 48). — [4]: The reading of 281ˣ and 597bˣ is preferred on metrical grounds over that of 2845, né enn heldr mungát ‘nor yet ale either’, in accordance with other eds. 

texts: Heiðr 50 (43/33)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 3 (AII, 221-2; BII, 240); Skald II, 125; Heiðr 1672, 144, FSN 1, 466, Heiðr 1873, 236-7, 334, Heiðr 1924, 58-9, 131, FSGJ 2, 38-9, Heiðr 1960, 33; Edd. Min. 107.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 70v, 19 - 70v, 21 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 281 4°x (281x) 99r, 10 - 99r, 11 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 597 b 4°x (597bx) 49r, 18 - 49r, 20 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 203 folx (203x) 101va, 6 - 101va, 13 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 27r, 4 - 27r, 7 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
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