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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjþ Lv 12VIII (HjǪ 34)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 34 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 525.

Hjálmþér IngasonLausavísur

text and translation

Hörðr hann heitir,         hefir fátt prýði,
velr um vápn sjaldan,         vill ei skart þiggja,
öldungis einninn         ekki hræðiz,
maðr mjök snarligr;         met ek hann mikils.

Hann heitir Hörðr, hefir fátt prýði, velr sjaldan um vápn, vill ei þiggja skart, öldungis einninn hræðiz ekki, maðr mjök snarligr; ek met hann mikils.
‘He is called Hǫrðr, has little gallantry, seldom chooses weapons, will not accept finery, likewise absolutely shows no fear, a man most keen; I value him greatly.

notes and context

Hjálmþér introduces Hǫrðr to the court with this stanza.

[7-8]: In order to avoid double alliteration here, Skj B changes the word order of l. 8 to mikils met ek hann, while Kock inverts the order of the two lines 7-8, treating met ek hann mikils ‘I value him greatly’ as an intercalary clause. Neither operation is necessary, as l. 7 is fornyrðislag with alliteration in metrical positions 1 and 2, while l. 8 is málaháttr, in which the two syllables of mikils carry secondary stress and no stress respectively.



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 13: AII, 339, BII, 360-1, Skald II, 195, NN §2619; HjǪ 1720, 50, FSN 3, 494, FSGJ 4, 219, HjǪ 1970, 41, 95, 157.


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