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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Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))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, 420

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10 — Gestumbl Heiðr 10VIII (Heiðr 57)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 57 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 10)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 420.

Hvat er þat undra,
er ek úti
fyrir Dellings durum?
Hvítir fljúgendr
hellu ljósta,
en svartir í sand grafaz.
Heiðrekr konungr,
hyggðu at gátu.

 

What is the wonder that I saw outside before Dellingr’s doors? White flying ones strike the rock-slab, but black ones bury themselves in the sand. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

notes: King Heiðrekr’s response reads (Heiðr 1960, 80): smækkask nú gáturnar, en þat er hagl ok regn, því at hagli lýstr á stræti, en regnsdropar søkkva í sand ok sœkja í jǫrð ‘the riddles now grow trivial, but that is hail and rain, because hail strikes upon the road, but raindrops sink into the sand and push on into the earth’. — [1]: See Note to Heiðr 55/1.

texts: Heiðr 57 (/40)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 32 (AII, 227; BII, 246); Skald II, 128; Heiðr 1873, 242-3, Heiðr 1924, 64-5, Heiðr 1960, 80; Edd. Min. 109-10.

sources

AM 281 4°x (281x) 99v, 8 - 99v, 10 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 597 b 4°x (597bx) 49v, 19 - 49v, 20 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
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