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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hundk Lv 1VIII (HjǪ 29)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 29 (Hundingi konungr, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 521.

Hundingi konungrLausavísur

text and translation

Hverr er sá,         kominn ór Manheimum,
ungr at aldri,         oss at kveðja?
Berr þú, inn ungi,         ormfrán augu;
mun ek við brögðum         búaz mega.

Hverr er sá, kominn ór Manheimum, ungr at aldri, at kveðja oss? Þú, inn ungi, berr ormfrán augu; ek mun mega búaz við brögðum.
‘Who is he, come from Manheimar, young in age, to greet us [me]? You, young one, have snake-flashing eyes; I will be able to prepare myself for tricks.

notes and context

King Hundingi greets Hjálmþér, but with a threat of mixed hospitality.



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. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis IV 8: AII, 338, BII, 359, Skald II, 194, NN §3298; HjǪ 1720, 48-9, FSN 3, 492, FSGJ 4, 217, HjǪ 1970, 40, 95, 156.


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