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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjþ Lv 15VIII (HjǪ 42 [b])

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 42 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 15)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 534.

Hjálmþér IngasonLausavísur

text and translation

Hvarf inn hugprúði         Hörðr ór för minni,
greitt ertu líkr honum;         gái ek ei því drekka.

Inn hugprúði Hörðr hvarf ór för minni, ertu greitt líkr honum; því gái ek ei drekka.
‘The courageous Hǫrðr disappeared from my expedition, you are very much like him; thus I take care not to drink.

notes and context

Hjálmþér responds to Hǫrðr, now King Hringr, explaining his disconcerted confusion over the latter’s royal transformation. The helmingr is introduced: Hjálmþér tók undir ok kvað hálfa vísunna ‘Hjálmþér responded and spoke a half-stanza’.

Compare Hjálmþérsrímur IX, 67-9 (Finnur Jónsson 1905-22, II, 64-5) with HjǪ 42a and b.



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 VI 1[b]: AII, 340, BII, 362, Skald II, 196; HjǪ 1720, 73, FSN 3, 512, FSGJ 4, 237, HjǪ 1970, 59, 109, 177.


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