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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Frag 1III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Fragment 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 388.

Steinn HerdísarsonFragment1

text and translation

Hás kveðk helgan ræsi
heimtjalds at brag þeima
— mærð ræzk framm — an fyrða
fyrr, þvít hann es dýrri.

Kveðk {helgan ræsi {hás heimtjalds}} fyrr an fyrða at þeima brag, þvít hann es dýrri; mærð ræzk framm.
‘I summon the holy ruler of the high world-tent [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] rather than people to this poem, because he is more precious; praise is put in motion.

notes and context

Heimtjald ‘world-tent’ is given in Skm among the kennings for ‘heaven’.

[4]: For the aðalhending on ‑yrr : ‑ýrr-, see the General Introduction in SkP I, xlix.



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, 3. Óláfsdrápa 1: AI, 409, BI, 379, Skald I, 188, NN §2041; SnE 1848-87, I, 318-19, II, 314, 527, III, 49, SnE 1931, 114, SnE 1998, I, 35.


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