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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to GizGrý Lv 1VIII (Heiðr 99)

[4] konungi ‘to a king’: The emendation to dat. case was first made by Suhm and Stefán Björnsson (Heiðr 1785, 194; konge is what is actually printed) and has been followed in Heiðr 1873 and Heiðr 1960. The mss’ reading, ok þótt sé borinn konungr ‘and though he may be born a king’ is possible grammatically, but gives less good sense because though Hlǫðr’s parents are both of royal status, he was conceived illegitimately. The reading of the mss is retained by FSN, FSGJ, Edd. Min., NK and ÍF Edd., and by Skj B although Finnur Jónsson gives the translation selv om han er født som konge(sön) ‘though he may be born a king(’s son)’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. FSN = Rafn, Carl Christian, ed. 1829-30. Fornaldar sögur nordrlanda. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  4. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  5. FSGJ = Guðni Jónsson, ed. 1954. Fornaldar sögur norðurlanda. 4 vols. [Reykjavík]: Íslendingasagnaútgáfan.
  6. Heiðr 1960 = Tolkien, Christopher, ed. and trans. 1960. Saga Heiðreks konungs ins vitra / The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise. Nelson Icelandic Texts. London etc.: Nelson.
  7. Heiðr 1785 = Stefán Björnsson and P. F. Suhm, eds. 1785. Hervararsaga ok Heidrekskongs. Hafniæ (Copenhagen): Stein.
  8. Heiðr 1873 = Bugge, Sophus, ed. 1873. Hervarar saga ok Heidreks. Det Norske oldskriftselskabs samlinger 17. Christiania (Oslo): Brøgger.
  9. ÍF Edd. = Jónas Kristjánsson and Vésteinn Ólason, eds. 2014. Eddukvæði. 2 vols. I: Goðakvæði. II: Hetjukvæði. Reykjavík: Hið íslenzka fornritafélag.


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