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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 67III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 67’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1179.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Ortak ǫld at minnum,
þás alframast vissak,
of siklinga snjalla
með sex tøgum hátta.
Sízt hafa veg né vellum,
es virðan mik létu,
á aldinn mar orpit
— þats oss frami — jǫfrar.

Ortak at minnum ǫld með sex tøgum hátta of snjalla siklinga, þás vissak alframast. Sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar, es létu mik virðan; þats oss frami.
‘I have composed, as memorials for men, with sixty verse-forms about the wise rulers, whom I knew to be by far the most outstanding. Least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea when they let me be honoured; that is for us [me] a glory.

notes and context

The variant, which is structurally similar to dróttkvætt, is called háttlausa ‘formless’, and it is characterised by an absence of internal rhymes in all lines and by anacrusis (Sievers’s Types B (l. 6) and C3 (l. 8)) in the even lines.

For this verse-form, see also RvHbreiðm Hl 51-2. It is attested in lausavísur (‘loose stanzas’) and more informal poetry. — This stanza concludes the second part of the poem, which honours Skúli.



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 67: AII, 70, BII, 80, Skald II, 44; SnE 1848-87, I, 680-3, III, 128, SnE 1879-81, I, 11, 82, II, 25, SnE 1931, 243, SnE 2007, 29; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 42.


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