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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 72III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 72’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1183.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Gull kná (greppar)
glóa (róa);
váss eru seggir
samir framir.
Eik má und jǫfri
una bruna;
þá nýtr vísi
viðar skriðar.

Gull kná glóa; greppar róa; framir seggir eru samir váss. Eik má una bruna und jǫfri; þá nýtr vísi skriðar viðar.
‘Gold glows; men row; the outstanding fellows are suited to hardship. The oak-ship rejoices in speeding beneath the prince; then the leader enjoys the swiftness of the ship.

notes and context

The metre is called ‘the short verse-form’ (inn skammi háttr). The odd lines have one or two alliterating staves and lack internal rhyme, and the even lines are structured similarly to those in st. 71 above, except that the syllables carrying internal rhyme are short (bimoraic) rather than long.

The rubric in R is lxv. — The odd lines are regular fornyrðislag (Sievers’s Types A1 (ll. 1, 5) and A3 (ll. 3, 7)), and the even lines have suspended resolution in metrical positions 1-2 and 3-4. An approximate version of this metre, but without internal rhyme, is found in Anon (HSig) 5II.



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 72: AII, 71, BII, 81, Skald II, 45; SnE 1848-87, I, 688-9, III, 129, SnE 1879-81, I, 12, 82, II, 27, SnE 1931, 245, SnE 2007, 31; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 45-6.


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