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Eyv Hák 20I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál 20’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 192.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonHákonarmál

ýta ‘of men’

ýtr (noun m.): man; launcher

[2] ýta: ‘vta’ J1ˣ


sjǫt ‘the abode’

sjǫt (noun n.): dwelling


Fenrisulfr ‘The wolf Fenrir’

Fenrisulfr (noun m.): [wolf Fenrir]


[3] Fenrisulfr ‘the wolf Fenrir’: The release of the wolf marks Ragnarǫk and the end of the world: see Note to Anon Eirm 7/4, and SnE 2005, 27-9 for the binding of Fenrir. Magnus Olsen (1945b, 185) argued that the reference to the release of Fenrir is intended more specifically to invite comparison of Hákon góði to Baldr inn góði, before whose death there were no feiknstafir ‘afflictions’ (compare the hard times described in the next stanza; on Baldr see Note to Anon Eirm 3/5).


fara ‘enter’

fara (verb; ferr, fór, fóru, farinn): go, travel

[3] fara: of fara F, um fara FskBˣ


trǫð ‘path’

trǫð (noun f.; °traðar; traðir): path

[5] trǫð: ‘traut’ FskBˣ


[5] trǫð ‘path’: The sense of ll. 4-6 is that no king equal to Hákon will come in his place before Ragnarǫk. Cf. OE on lāst faran ‘go in the footprints’, i.e. ‘follow’. Other, more specific interpretations, are less convincing: Storm (1900, 117) thinks the path is Fenrir’s rather than Hákon’s. Sahlgren (1927-8, I, 79-81) argues that the reference is to the path leading to the king’s manor. Uppström (1919, 49) takes the meaning to be ‘throne’.


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In Hkr, as for st. 1. In Fsk, as for st. 19.


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