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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 81III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 81’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1192.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Fluttak frœði
of frama grœði
— tunga tœði —
með tǫlu rœði.
Stef skal stœra
stilli Mœra
— hróðr dugir hrœra —
ok honum fœra.

Fluttak frœði of {grœði frama} með {rœði tǫlu}; tunga tœði. Skal stœra stef {stilli Mœra} ok fœra honum; dugir hrœra hróðr.
‘I have presented accounts of the promoter of fame [RULER = Skúli] with the oar of speech [TONGUE]; the tongue helped. I shall augment the poem about the lord of the Mœrir [NORWEGIAN RULER = Skúli] and bring [it] to him; it is fitting to compose praise.

notes and context

This runhent variant is called in minni runhenda ‘the lesser end-rhyme’, because each helmingr has a different set of end-rhymes (as opposed to st. 80 above). The metre is similar to tetrasyllabic fornyrðislag (Type A: ll. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7; Type C2: ll. 2, 4, 8).

The rubric in R is lxxiiii.



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 81: AII, 73, BII, 83, Skald II, 46; SnE 1848-87, I, 698-9, III, 131, SnE 1879-81, I, 13, 83, II, 30, SnE 1931, 248, SnE 2007, 33-4; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 52-3.


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