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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Haustl 14III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Haustlǫng 14’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 453.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniHaustlǫng

text and translation

Eðr of sér, es jǫtna
ótti lét of sóttan
hellis b*ǫr, á hyrjar,
haugs Grjótúna, baugi.
Ók at ísarnleiki
Jarðar sunr, en dunði
— móðr svall Meila blóða —
mána vegr und hônum.

Eðr of sér á baugi hyrjar, es {ótti jǫtna} lét of sóttan {b*ǫr hellis {haugs Grjótúna}}. {Sunr Jarðar} ók at {ísarnleiki}, en {vegr mána} dunði und hônum; móðr {blóða Meila} svall.
‘Furthermore one can see on the shield-ring of fire, where the terror of giants [= Þórr] made a visit to the tree of the cave of the mound of Grjótún [= Grjótúnagarðar > GIANT = Hrungnir]. The son of Jǫrð <goddess> [= Þórr] drove to the iron-play [BATTLE], and the path of the moon [SKY/HEAVEN] resounded beneath him; the anger of the brother of Meili [= Þórr] swelled.

notes and context

Haustl sts 14-20 are cited as a sequence in Skm (in mss R, and W) after the prose narration of the myth of the giant Hrungnir, in which the giant first makes a nuisance of himself in Ásgarðr and then, after Þórr has challenged him to a duel, engages with the god in a single combat, where Þórr has Þjálfi as his second, and Hrungnir has a clay giant by the name of Mǫkkurkálfi (SnE 1998, I, 20-2). The sequence of stanzas is introduced with the statement: Eptir þessi sǫgu hefir ort Þjóðólfr hvinverski í Haustlǫng. Svá segir þar … ‘Þjóðólfr from Hvinir has composed [a poem] based on this story in Haustlǫng. It says there …’. Lines 5-8 of st. 14 are also cited again a little later in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 34) in mss R, , W, U and B to exemplify kennings for ‘sky’, in this case vegr mána ‘the path of the moon’ (l. 8).



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: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski, 2. Haustlǫng 14: AI, 19, BI, 17, Skald I, 11, NN §§139, 1018 Anm. 2, 1529 Anm., 2722, 2985D; SnE 1848-87, I, 278-9, 316-17, II, 314, 526, III, 21, SnE 1931, 104, 114, SnE 1998, I, 22-3, 34.


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