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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Heiðr) 8VIII (Heiðr 89)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 89 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 459.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks


Wear has made the folio containing these stanzas difficult to read in 2845; 203ˣ, which is an R-redaction ms. at this point, has therefore also been used selectively.

text and translation

Hlöðr reið austan,         Heiðreks arfi;
kom hann at garði,         þar er Gotar byggja,
á Árheima         arfs at kveðja;
þar drakk Angantýr         erfi Heiðreks *.

Hlöðr reið austan, arfi Heiðreks; hann kom at garði, þar er Gotar byggja, at kveðja arfs á Árheima; þar drakk Angantýr erfi Heiðreks *.
‘Hlǫðr rode from the east, Heiðrekr’s heir; he came to the court where the Goths live, to ask for his inheritance at Árheimar; there Angantýr was drinking Heiðrekr’s wake.

notes and context

Hlǫðr learns of his father’s death, and that his brother Angantýr has gained the kingdom of Reiðgotaland, home of the Goths. With the encouragement of his foster-father and maternal grandfather King Humli, Hlǫðr resolves to ride to claim his inheritance, at first með goðum orðum ‘with good words’. The stanza is introduced: sem hér segir ‘as it says here’.

[1, 6]: See Note to RvHbreiðm Hl 44/1-2III.



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga V 3: AII, 250, BII, 270, Skald II, 141; FSN 1, 491, Heiðr 1873, 266, Heiðr 1924, 86, FSGJ 2, 53-4, Heiðr 1960, 47 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 1, NK 302, ÍF Edd. II, 418.


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