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Note to GizGrý Lv 2VIII (Heiðr 109)

[7-8]: As they stand, these lines lack alliteration. Following 202kˣ, which is not an independent ms. witness, all eds emend gunni ‘battle’ to herstaf, a hap. leg. Skj B translates krigsruner ‘war-runes’, Heiðr 1960 ‘war-staff”. Ms. R715ˣ’s readings (‘gotta’, presumably Gota ‘of the Goths’, apparently corrected from ‘gun̄a’ in another hand) suggest that alliteration may have been on the g- of gunni, but neither of its alternatives offers a satisfactory solution: Gizurr is on the side of the Goths, and gen. pl. gunna ‘of the battles’ makes no sense. The abbreviation ‘gun̄a’ is used elsewhere in the ms. where gumna ‘of men’ seems to be intended (cf. Heiðr 103/6), but again, this does not give good sense, though it is given in NK. Emending gunni to hildi ‘to war’ would solve the problem, but would go against both mss.

References

  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Internal references
  6. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 103 (Ormarr, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 475.

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