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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 102III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 102’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1209.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Njóti aldrs
ok auðsala
konungr ok jarl;
þats kvæðis lok.
Falli fyrr
fold í ægi
steini studd
en stillis lof.

Njóti konungr ok jarl aldrs ok auðsala; þats lok kvæðis. Falli fold, studd steini, fyrr í ægi en lof stillis.
‘May the king and the jarl enjoy life and wealth-halls; that is the end of the poem. May the earth, studded with stone, sink into the sea sooner than the praise of the ruler.

notes and context

The stanza follows st. 101 directly without intervening prose. The metre is not named, but it is kviðuháttr ‘poem’s form’. The even lines correspond to fornyrðislag lines (here Types A (l. 6), B (ll. 4, 8) and C3 (l. 2)), and the odd lines are catalectic versions of fornyrðislag (trisyllabic; Types A1 (ll. 5, 7), A2 (l. 3), with resolution in metrical position 1, and A3 (l. 1)).

The name of this metre (kviðuháttr) is given as the heading of RvHbreiðm Hl 3-4, which are composed in the same metre, and the term is also found in TGT (TGT 1884, 63). For a discussion of the metre, see Section 4 of the General Introduction in SkP I and Gade (2005). — [5-8]: ‘Sink into the sea sooner than the praise of the ruler’ i.e. ‘sooner than the praise of the ruler perish’. For similar hyperboles, see e.g. Arn Þorfdr 24II, Eyv Hák 20I, Hfr ErfÓl 27I and KormǪ Lv 18/5-8V (Korm 19). The reference to the stillir ‘ruler’ (l. 8) is ambiguous, because it leaves it up to the audience to decide whether the final words of praise are directed at Hákon or Skúli.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Snorri Sturluson, 2. Háttatal 102: AII, 77, BII, 88, Skald II, 48, NN §3264; SnE 1848-87, I, 716-17, III, 135, SnE 1879-81, I, 16, 85, II, 34, SnE 1931, 252, SnE 2007, 39; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 68.


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