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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 83III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 83’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1194.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Naðrs gnapa ógn alla,
eyðir baugvalla,
hlunns of hástalla
hestar svanfjalla.
Orms es glatt galla
með gumna spjalla;
jarl fremr sveit snjalla;
slíkt má skǫrung kalla.

{Eyðir {baugvalla}}, {hestar {svanfjalla}} gnapa of hástalla hlunns {alla ógn naðrs}. Es glatt með {spjalla gumna} {galla orms}; jarl fremr snjalla sveit; slíkt má kalla skǫrung.
‘Destroyer of shieldboss-meadows [SHIELDS > WARRIOR = Skúli], horses of swan-mountains [WAVES > SHIPS] tower in the tall foundations of the roller throughout the entire terror of the adder [WINTER]. It is cheerful with the confidant of men [RULER] during the destruction of the snake [WINTER]; the jarl advances the clever company; such [a one] one must call an outstanding person.

notes and context

This variant, which is not named in the prose commentary, is based on málaháttr and it contains identical end-rhymes throughout the stanza (for málaháttr with end-rhyme, see st. 92 below and Anon GnóðÁsm). In TGT ll. 5-6 are given as examples of end-ryme (runhenda).

Both mss of TGT attribute the stanza to Snorri.



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 83: AII, 73, BII, 84, Skald II, 46; SnE 1848-87, I, 700-1, III, 131-2, SnE 1879-81, I, 13, 83, II, 30, SnE 1931, 248, SnE 2007, 34; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 54; SnE 1848-87, II, 84-5, 505, TGT 1884, 9, 52, 173, TGT 1927, 33, 90.


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