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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Haustl 19III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Haustlǫng 19’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 460.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniHaustlǫng

text and translation

Ok harðbrotin herju
heimþingaðar Vingnis
hvein í hjarna mœni
hein at Grundar sveini,
þar svát eðr í Óðins
ólaus burar hausi
stála vikr of stokkin*
stóð Eindriða blóði,

Ok harðbrotin hein {heimþingaðar {herju Vingnis}} hvein at {sveini Grundar} í {mœni hjarna}, svát {vikr stála}, eðr ólaus í hausi {burar Óðins}, stóð þar, of stokkin* blóði Eindriða,
‘And the hard-broken whetstone of the home-visitor of the female follower of Vingnir <giant> [GIANTESS > GIANT = Hrungnir] flew whining towards the boy of Grund <= Jǫrð> [= Þórr] into the roof-ridge of his brain [SKULL], so that the pumice of steel weapons [WHETSTONE], still stuck in the skull of the son of Óðinn [= Þórr], stood there, spattered with the blood of Eindriði <= Þórr>,

notes and context

As for st. 14.

Stanza 19 describes the moment when a piece of Hrungnir’s whetstone flew through the air and lodged in Þórr’s head, causing him to fall to the ground. The whetstone, which Hrungnir used as a weapon, had shattered in a mid-air collision with Þórr’s hammer, according to Skm (SnE 1998, I, 22). — [5-8]: The second helmingr links syntactically and grammatically with the first helmingr of st. 20, which begins with the conj. áðr ‘until’. The whetstone fragment remains in Þórr’s skull until he is operated on by the sorceress Gróa (see st. 20 and Note to [All] there).



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 19: AI, 20, BI, 18, Skald I, 12; SnE 1848-87, I, 282-3, II, 23, SnE 1931, 105, SnE 1998, I, 24.


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