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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 80III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 80’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1191.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Lofs flutt fjǫrum
fyr gunnǫrum
— né spurð spǫrum
spjǫll grams — snǫrum.
Hefk hans fǫrum
til hróðrs gǫrum
ypt óvǫrum
fyr auðs bǫrum.

Lofs flutt fyr snǫrum, gunnǫrum fjǫrum; né spǫrum spurð spjǫll grams. Hefk ypt fǫrum hans, gǫrum til hróðrs, fyr {óvǫrum bǫrum auðs}.
‘Praise is presented before bold, battle-generous men; nor do we [I] withhold stories heard about the ruler. I have extolled his expeditions, performed for glory, before unwary trees of wealth [MEN].

notes and context

The metre is runhent ‘end-rhymed’, and it consists of fornyrðislag lines of Types D2 (ll. 2, 4, 5, 7) and C3 (ll. 1, 3, 6, 8) with end-rhymes that are similar throughout the stanza. Stanzas 80-94 are all examples of runhent, most of which are based on metres that have been used in earlier stanzas of Ht.

The rubric in R is lxxiii. — Cf. the similar rhymes in RvHbreiðm Hl 34/1-4.



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 80: AII, 73, BII, 83, Skald II, 46; SnE 1848-87, I, 696-9, III, 131, SnE 1879-81, I, 13, 83, II, 30, SnE 1931, 247, SnE 2007, 33; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 51-2.


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