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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 27III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 27’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1133.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Ískalda skark ǫldu
eik — vas súð in bleika
reynd — til ræsis fundar
ríks; emk kuðr at slíku.
Brjótr þá hersis heiti
hátt — dugir sœmd at vátta —
auðs af jarla prýði
ítrs; vasa siglt til lítils.

Skark ískalda ǫldu eik til fundar ríks ræsis; in bleika súð vas reynd; emk kuðr at slíku. {Brjótr ítrs auðs} þá hátt heiti hersis af {prýði jarla}; dugir at vátta sœmd; vasa siglt til lítils.
‘I cut the ice-cold wave with the oak-ship to the meeting with the powerful ruler; the pale ship was tested; I am renowned for such. The breaker of precious wealth [GENEROUS MAN = Snorri] received the noble title of hersir from the adorner of jarls [KING = Hákon]; it is fitting to bear witness to that honour; the voyage was not for nothing.

notes and context

The verse-form is called álagsháttr ‘extension’s form’. It is characterised by a concatenation of clauses with sentence boundaries after metrical position 1 in all even lines, with a new clause beginning in position 2 and extending over positions 2-6 and, in l. 2, also comprising the first position of l. 3.

The headings are .xx. ‘the twentieth’ () and álags háttr (U(47r)). This is the last stanza of the first category of dróttkvætt (sts 9-27) with variants in clause-arrangement, syntax and lexicon. — For this verse-form, see also RvHbreiðm Hl 79-80. It occurs frequently in dróttkvætt stanzas, but never systematically.



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 27: AII, 59, BII, 68, Skald II, 39, NN §1307; SnE 1848-87, I, 636-7, II, 371, 385-6, III, 117, SnE 1879-81, I, 4, 77, II, 13, SnE 1931, 228, SnE 2007, 15-16; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 17-18.


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