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SnSt Ht 27III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 27’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1133.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal
262728

Ískalda ‘the ice-cold’

ískaldr (adj.): [ice-cold]

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skark ‘I cut’

skera (verb): cut

[1] skark (‘skar ek’): so Tˣ, U(52r), skal ek R, braut W, U(47r)

notes

[1] skark ‘I cut’: Skal ek ‘I shall’ has been corrected in R to skar ek (R*). — [1] skark ... ǫldu ‘I cut ... the wave’: In U(47r) braut eisu ‘broke the fire’ (most likely caused by the wording of st. 26/1 above) has been crossed out and skar ek ǫldu has been added in a later hand.

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skark ‘I cut’

skera (verb): cut

[1] skark (‘skar ek’): so Tˣ, U(52r), skal ek R, braut W, U(47r)

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[1] skark ‘I cut’: Skal ek ‘I shall’ has been corrected in R to skar ek (R*). — [1] skark ... ǫldu ‘I cut ... the wave’: In U(47r) braut eisu ‘broke the fire’ (most likely caused by the wording of st. 26/1 above) has been crossed out and skar ek ǫldu has been added in a later hand.

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ǫldu ‘wave’

alda (noun f.; °; *-ur): wave

[1] ǫldu: eisu U(47r)

notes

[1] skark ... ǫldu ‘I cut ... the wave’: In U(47r) braut eisu ‘broke the fire’ (most likely caused by the wording of st. 26/1 above) has been crossed out and skar ek ǫldu has been added in a later hand.

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vas ‘was’

2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

[2] vas (‘var’): varð U(47r)

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súð ‘ship’

súð (noun f.; °-ar; gen. -a): planking, ship

notes

[2] súð ‘ship’: Lit. ‘seam, suture’ and referring to the overlapping boards in the side of a ship; used here as pars pro toto for ‘ship’ (see Note to Þul Skipa 5/4).

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ræsis ‘ruler’

ræsir (noun m.): ruler

[3] ræsis fundar: so all others, ‘ræsi[…]’ R

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[3] fundar … ræsis ‘the meeting with the … ruler’: Damaged in R, and ‘kvnde’ (or ‘kvnda’) has been added in the right margin in a later hand (not R*).

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fundar ‘the meeting’

fundr (noun m.): discovery, meeting

[3] ræsis fundar: so all others, ‘ræsi[…]’ R

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[3] fundar … ræsis ‘the meeting with the … ruler’: Damaged in R, and ‘kvnde’ (or ‘kvnda’) has been added in the right margin in a later hand (not R*).

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ríks ‘with the powerful’

ríkr (adj.): mighty, powerful, rich

[4] ríks: so all others, ‘[…]íks’ R

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kuðr ‘renowned’

kunnr (adj.): known (?)

[4] kuðr: kunnr U(52r)

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at ‘for’

3. at (prep.): at, to

[4] at: af Tˣ

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Brjótr ‘The breaker’

brjótr (noun m.): breaker

kennings

Brjótr ítrs auðs
‘The breaker of precious wealth ’
   = GENEROUS MAN = Snorri

The breaker of precious wealth → GENEROUS MAN = Snorri

notes

[5, 7, 8] brjótr ítrs auðs ‘the breaker of precious wealth [GENEROUS MAN = Snorri]’: Snorri visited the Norwegian court during the years 1218-20, and according to the Icelandic annals (Storm 1888, s. a. 1220, pp. 125, 185) King Hákon made Snorri a district chieftain (Storm 1888, 125): Hákon konvngr gǫrði Snorra Stvrlv son lenndan mann. ok þá fór Snorri til Islanndz ‘King Hákon made Snorri Sturluson a district chieftain, and Snorri then returned to Iceland’. See also Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar (E 1916, 503) and Sturlunga saga (Stu 1878, I, 244).

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þá ‘received’

þiggja (verb): receive, get

[5] þá: sá Tˣ

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hersishersir

hersir (noun m.; °-is; -ar): cheiftan

notes

[5] hersis ‘of hersir’: A Norwegian nobleman of a lesser rank than a jarl. Ms. R has hersirs (retained in SnE 2007), which is a late form (see ANG §371 Anm. 4).

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vátta ‘bear witness’

vátta (verb): affirm, attest

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auðs ‘wealth’

1. auðr (noun m.; °-s/-ar, dat. -i/-): wealth

kennings

Brjótr ítrs auðs
‘The breaker of precious wealth ’
   = GENEROUS MAN = Snorri

The breaker of precious wealth → GENEROUS MAN = Snorri

notes

[5, 7, 8] brjótr ítrs auðs ‘the breaker of precious wealth [GENEROUS MAN = Snorri]’: Snorri visited the Norwegian court during the years 1218-20, and according to the Icelandic annals (Storm 1888, s. a. 1220, pp. 125, 185) King Hákon made Snorri a district chieftain (Storm 1888, 125): Hákon konvngr gǫrði Snorra Stvrlv son lenndan mann. ok þá fór Snorri til Islanndz ‘King Hákon made Snorri Sturluson a district chieftain, and Snorri then returned to Iceland’. See also Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar (E 1916, 503) and Sturlunga saga (Stu 1878, I, 244).

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af ‘from’

af (prep.): from

[7] af: á Tˣ

notes

[7] af prýði jarla ‘from the adorner of jarls [KING = Hákon]’: Taken here as dat. sg. of the m. agent noun prýðir ‘adorner’ (see Note to ESk Lv 13/6). The form prýði is ambiguous, however, because it could also be f. dat. sg. of the noun prýði ‘adornment, ornament’, in which case prýði jarla ‘the adornment of jarls’ would refer to Skúli and not to Hákon (so SnE 1879-81, I, 109). There can be no doubt that Skúli, who was Snorri’s Norwegian benefactor, was instrumental in providing him with the district chieftainship, and it could be that Snorri’s ambiguous wording was intentional here (see also Wanner 2008, 109).

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jarla ‘of jarls’

jarl (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i; -ar): poet, earl

kennings

prýði jarla;
‘the adorner of jarls; ’
   = KING = Hákon

the adorner of jarls; → KING = Hákon

notes

[7] af prýði jarla ‘from the adorner of jarls [KING = Hákon]’: Taken here as dat. sg. of the m. agent noun prýðir ‘adorner’ (see Note to ESk Lv 13/6). The form prýði is ambiguous, however, because it could also be f. dat. sg. of the noun prýði ‘adornment, ornament’, in which case prýði jarla ‘the adornment of jarls’ would refer to Skúli and not to Hákon (so SnE 1879-81, I, 109). There can be no doubt that Skúli, who was Snorri’s Norwegian benefactor, was instrumental in providing him with the district chieftainship, and it could be that Snorri’s ambiguous wording was intentional here (see also Wanner 2008, 109).

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prýði ‘the adorner’

prýðir (noun m.): adorner

kennings

prýði jarla;
‘the adorner of jarls; ’
   = KING = Hákon

the adorner of jarls; → KING = Hákon

notes

[7] af prýði jarla ‘from the adorner of jarls [KING = Hákon]’: Taken here as dat. sg. of the m. agent noun prýðir ‘adorner’ (see Note to ESk Lv 13/6). The form prýði is ambiguous, however, because it could also be f. dat. sg. of the noun prýði ‘adornment, ornament’, in which case prýði jarla ‘the adornment of jarls’ would refer to Skúli and not to Hákon (so SnE 1879-81, I, 109). There can be no doubt that Skúli, who was Snorri’s Norwegian benefactor, was instrumental in providing him with the district chieftainship, and it could be that Snorri’s ambiguous wording was intentional here (see also Wanner 2008, 109).

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ítrs ‘of precious’

ítr (adj.): glorious

kennings

Brjótr ítrs auðs
‘The breaker of precious wealth ’
   = GENEROUS MAN = Snorri

The breaker of precious wealth → GENEROUS MAN = Snorri

notes

[5, 7, 8] brjótr ítrs auðs ‘the breaker of precious wealth [GENEROUS MAN = Snorri]’: Snorri visited the Norwegian court during the years 1218-20, and according to the Icelandic annals (Storm 1888, s. a. 1220, pp. 125, 185) King Hákon made Snorri a district chieftain (Storm 1888, 125): Hákon konvngr gǫrði Snorra Stvrlv son lenndan mann. ok þá fór Snorri til Islanndz ‘King Hákon made Snorri Sturluson a district chieftain, and Snorri then returned to Iceland’. See also Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar (E 1916, 503) and Sturlunga saga (Stu 1878, I, 244).

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vasa ‘was not’

2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

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[8] vasa siglt til lítils ‘the voyage was not for nothing’: Lit. ‘it was not sailed for nothing’.

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siglt ‘’

2. sigla (verb): sail

[8] siglt: slíkt W, U(52r)

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[8] vasa siglt til lítils ‘the voyage was not for nothing’: Lit. ‘it was not sailed for nothing’.

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til ‘for’

til (prep.): to

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[8] vasa siglt til lítils ‘the voyage was not for nothing’: Lit. ‘it was not sailed for nothing’.

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lítils ‘nothing’

lítill (adj.; °lítinn): little

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[8] vasa siglt til lítils ‘the voyage was not for nothing’: Lit. ‘it was not sailed for nothing’.

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The verse-form is called álagsháttr ‘extension’s form’. It is characterised by a concatenation of clauses with sentence boundaries after metrical position 1 in all even lines, with a new clause beginning in position 2 and extending over positions 2-6 and, in l. 2, also comprising the first position of l. 3.

The headings are .xx. ‘the twentieth’ () and álags háttr (U(47r)). This is the last stanza of the first category of dróttkvætt (sts 9-27) with variants in clause-arrangement, syntax and lexicon. — For this verse-form, see also RvHbreiðm Hl 79-80. It occurs frequently in dróttkvætt stanzas, but never systematically.

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