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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Nizv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Nizarvísur 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 360-1.

Steinn HerdísarsonNizarvísur

text and translation

Sagði hitt, es hugði,
hauklyndr, vesa myndu;
þar kvað þengill eirar
þrotna vôn frá hônum.
Heldr kvað hvern várn skyldu
hilmir frægr an vægja
(menn brutu upp) of annan
(ǫll vôpn) þveran falla.

Hauklyndr sagði hitt, es hugði vesa myndu; þengill kvað þrotna vôn eirar frá hônum þar. Frægr hilmir kvað hvern várn skyldu falla þveran of annan heldr an vægja; menn brutu upp ǫll vôpn.
‘The hawk-minded one said what he thought might happen; the lord declared there was scant hope of mercy from him there. The famous ruler said each of us must fall crosswise on top of one another rather than yield; men readied all weapons.

notes and context

Before the battle, Haraldr incited his troops saying that, even though the Danes had twice as many men, the Norwegians must fall crosswise on top of one another rather than flee.



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: Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur 1: AI, 407, BI, 376, Skald I, 187, NN §§886, 2247D, 3262A; ÍF 28, 145-6 (HSig ch. 61), F 1871, 227, E 1916, 73; ÍF 29, 264-5 (ch. 57); Mork 1867, 77, Mork 1928-32, 208, Andersson and Gade 2000, 228, 477 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 361 (MH); Fms 6, 313 (HSig ch. 77); 1873, 254, 1952, 26-7 ().


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