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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 100III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 100’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1208.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Gløggva grein         hefk gǫrt til bragar,
        svát es tírætt hundrað talit;
hróðrs ørverðr         skala maðr heitinn vesa,
        ef sá fær alla háttu ort.

Hefk gǫrt gløggva grein til bragar, svát tírætt hundrað es talit. Maðr skala vesa heitinn ørverðr hróðrs, ef sá fær ort alla háttu.
‘I have made a clear account of poetic form, so that one hundred [stanzas] counted in tens are enumerated. A man must not be called unworthy of praise if he can compose in all verse-forms.

notes and context

The metre is ljóðaháttr ‘songs’ form’ (heading in right margin in scribal hand). The stanza consists of six lines: two half-lines linked by alliteration (ll. 1-2, 4-5) and two full lines with internal alliteration (ll. 3, 6).

For this metre, see RvHbreiðm Hl 1-2 as well as Section 4 of the General Introduction in SkP I.



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: Snorri Sturluson, 2. Háttatal 100: AII, 77, BII, 88, Skald II, 48, NN §2575; SnE 1848-87, I, 714-15, III, 134, SnE 1879-81, I, 16, 85, II, 34, SnE 1931, 252, SnE 2007, 39; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 67.


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