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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Snorri Sturluson (SnSt)

13th century; volume 3; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

III. Háttatal (Ht) - 102

Skj info: Snorri Sturluson, Islandsk höfding og skjald, 1178-1241. (AII, 52-79, BII, 60-90).

Skj poems:
1. En drape om Skule jarl
2. Háttatal
3. Af et religiøst digt (?)
4. Lausavísur
4. Lausavísur

prose works

Háttatal — SnSt HtIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1094.

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Skj: Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal, 1222-23 (AII, 52-77, BII, 61-88)

SkP info: III, 1140

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

33 — SnSt Ht 33III

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 33’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1140.

Lífs varð rán at raunum
— reið sverð — skapat mjǫk ferðum;
stǫng óð þrátt á þingi
þjóðsterk; liðu framm merki.
Hrauð of hilmis bróður
hvǫss egg friðar ván seggjum;
spjót náðu blá bíta;
búandmenn hlutu þar renna.

Rán lífs varð mjǫk at raunum skapat ferðum; sverð reið; þjóðsterk stǫng óð þrátt á þingi; merki liðu framm. Hvǫss egg hrauð ván friðar seggjum of {bróður hilmis}; blá spjót náðu bíta; búandmenn hlutu þar renna.

Deprivation of life most certainly became reality for the men; the sword swung; the mightily strong standard-pole advanced obstinately at the assembly; banners marched on. The sharp blade dispelled the hope of peace for the men around {the ruler’s brother} [= Skúli]; dark spears bit; farmers were forced to flee there.

texts: Ht 35, SnE 627

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 33 (AII, 61; BII, 70); Skald II, 39-40, NN §1309, 2177; SnE 1848-87, I, 644-5, II, 371, 388, III, 119, SnE 1879-81, I, 5, 78, II, 15, SnE 1931, 230, SnE 2007, 17-18; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 21-2.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 48v, 2 - 48v, 5 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 50v, 18 - 50v, 18 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 144, 10 - 144, 12 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U*) 47r, 20 - 47r, 20 [1-2] (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U*) 52v, 16 - 52v, 19 (SnE)  image  
AMAcc 18x (Acc18x) 216, 4 - 216, 8  
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