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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 92III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 92’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1201.

Snorri SturlusonHáttatal

text and translation

Getit vas grams fara;
gǫrt hefk mærð snara;
þengill mun þess vara;
þat namk lítt spara.
Finnrat frœknara
fœði gunnstara
mann né mildara
merkir blóðsvara.

Getit vas fara grams; hefk gǫrt snara mærð; þengill mun vara þess; lítt namk spara þat. {Merkir {blóðsvara}} finnrat {frœknara fœði {gunnstara}}, né mildara mann.
‘The lord’s expeditions have been recounted; I have made a powerful praise-poem; the ruler will be ready for that; I hardly held that back. The stainer of blood-birds [RAVENS/EAGLES > WARRIOR = Snorri] will not find a bolder feeder of battle-starlings [RAVENS > WARRIOR], nor a more generous man.

notes and context

According to the commentary, this variant, which has identical end-rhymes extending throughout the stanza, has full runhenda ‘full end-rhyme’. The lines are all regularised málaháttr (Type D*2).


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 92: AII, 75, BII, 86, Skald II, 47, NN §3263; SnE 1848-87, I, 708-9, III, 133, SnE 1879-81, I, 15, 84, II, 33, SnE 1931, 250, SnE 2007, 36-7; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 61-2.


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