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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
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Ortak ‘I have composed’

yrkja (verb): compose

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þás ‘whom’

þás (conj.): when

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alframast ‘by far the most outstanding’

alframr (adj.): excellent

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[2] alframast ‘by far the most outstanding’: This is an adv. in the superlative, from framr ‘outstanding’ and the intensifying prefix al-.

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vissak ‘I knew’

1. vita (verb): know

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með ‘with’

með (prep.): with

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[4] með sex tøgum hátta ‘with sixty verse-forms’: This is the sixty-seventh stanza of Ht, but Snorri clearly did not regard sts 1-8 as individual verse-forms since these are illustrating rhetorical and metrical features that are licensed in regular dróttkvætt (SnE 2007, 29): Nú eru saman settir í tveim kvæðum sex tigir hátta ok um fram þær átta greinir er fyrst er skipat <í> dróttkvæðum hætti með málsgreinum þeim er fylgja hættinum, ok eru þessir hættir allir vel fallnir til at yrkja kvæði eptir ef vill ‘Now sixty verse-forms have been composed in two poems, and, in addition, those eight variants into which the dróttkvætt metre was arranged at the beginning according to the distinction of language which characterises the verse-forms, and all these verse-forms are suitable for poetic composition if one wishes to do that’. See also SnE 2007, 67.

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sex ‘six’

sex (num. cardinal): six

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[4] með sex tøgum hátta ‘with sixty verse-forms’: This is the sixty-seventh stanza of Ht, but Snorri clearly did not regard sts 1-8 as individual verse-forms since these are illustrating rhetorical and metrical features that are licensed in regular dróttkvætt (SnE 2007, 29): Nú eru saman settir í tveim kvæðum sex tigir hátta ok um fram þær átta greinir er fyrst er skipat <í> dróttkvæðum hætti með málsgreinum þeim er fylgja hættinum, ok eru þessir hættir allir vel fallnir til at yrkja kvæði eptir ef vill ‘Now sixty verse-forms have been composed in two poems, and, in addition, those eight variants into which the dróttkvætt metre was arranged at the beginning according to the distinction of language which characterises the verse-forms, and all these verse-forms are suitable for poetic composition if one wishes to do that’. See also SnE 2007, 67.

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tøgum ‘ty’

tigr (noun m.; °-ar/-s(DN II (1309) 80¹², etc.); -ir, acc. -u): a ten of, a decade; a ten of, a decade

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[4] með sex tøgum hátta ‘with sixty verse-forms’: This is the sixty-seventh stanza of Ht, but Snorri clearly did not regard sts 1-8 as individual verse-forms since these are illustrating rhetorical and metrical features that are licensed in regular dróttkvætt (SnE 2007, 29): Nú eru saman settir í tveim kvæðum sex tigir hátta ok um fram þær átta greinir er fyrst er skipat <í> dróttkvæðum hætti með málsgreinum þeim er fylgja hættinum, ok eru þessir hættir allir vel fallnir til at yrkja kvæði eptir ef vill ‘Now sixty verse-forms have been composed in two poems, and, in addition, those eight variants into which the dróttkvætt metre was arranged at the beginning according to the distinction of language which characterises the verse-forms, and all these verse-forms are suitable for poetic composition if one wishes to do that’. See also SnE 2007, 67.

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hátta ‘verse-forms’

1. háttr (noun m.; °-ar, dat. hætti; hættir, acc. háttu): behaviour, measure, verse-form

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[4] með sex tøgum hátta ‘with sixty verse-forms’: This is the sixty-seventh stanza of Ht, but Snorri clearly did not regard sts 1-8 as individual verse-forms since these are illustrating rhetorical and metrical features that are licensed in regular dróttkvætt (SnE 2007, 29): Nú eru saman settir í tveim kvæðum sex tigir hátta ok um fram þær átta greinir er fyrst er skipat <í> dróttkvæðum hætti með málsgreinum þeim er fylgja hættinum, ok eru þessir hættir allir vel fallnir til at yrkja kvæði eptir ef vill ‘Now sixty verse-forms have been composed in two poems, and, in addition, those eight variants into which the dróttkvætt metre was arranged at the beginning according to the distinction of language which characterises the verse-forms, and all these verse-forms are suitable for poetic composition if one wishes to do that’. See also SnE 2007, 67.

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Sízt ‘Least of all’

2. síðr (adv.): less, hardly

[5] Sízt: sitt W

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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hafa ‘have’

hafa (verb): have

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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veg ‘esteem’

2. vegr (noun m.; °-s/-ar, dat. -): honour

[5] veg né: veig með W

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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‘or’

né (conj.): nor

[5] veg né: veig með W

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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vellum ‘gold’

vell (noun n.): gold

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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á ‘into’

3. á (prep.): on, at

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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aldinn ‘the ancient’

2. aldinn (adj.): old

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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mar ‘sea’

1. marr (noun m.): sea

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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orpit ‘thrown’

1. verpa (verb): to throw, cast (up)

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II.

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þats ‘that is’

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

[8] þats oss (‘þat er oss’): oss er þat W

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oss ‘for us [me]’

vér (pron.; °gen. vár, dat./acc. oss): we, us, our

[8] þats oss (‘þat er oss’): oss er þat W

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[8] oss; jǫfrar ‘for us [me]; the princes’: In this line [j] in jǫfrar does not appear to participate in the vowel alliteration, and must have counted as a (consonantal) glide. See also st. 77/3 below and Þskakk Erldr 2/3II.

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jǫfrar ‘the princes’

jǫfurr (noun m.): ruler, prince

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II. — [8] oss; jǫfrar ‘for us [me]; the princes’: In this line [j] in jǫfrar does not appear to participate in the vowel alliteration, and must have counted as a (consonantal) glide. See also st. 77/3 below and Þskakk Erldr 2/3II.

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jǫfrar ‘the princes’

jǫfurr (noun m.): ruler, prince

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[5, 7, 8] sízt hafa jǫfrar orpit veg né vellum á aldinn mar ‘least of all have the princes thrown either esteem or gold into the ancient sea’: This is a saying, meaning that they have not done something in vain. Cf. Mberf Lv 5/1-2II. — [8] oss; jǫfrar ‘for us [me]; the princes’: In this line [j] in jǫfrar does not appear to participate in the vowel alliteration, and must have counted as a (consonantal) glide. See also st. 77/3 below and Þskakk Erldr 2/3II.

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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.

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