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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Haustl 18III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Haustlǫng 18’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 459.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniHaustlǫng

text and translation

Fjǫrspillir lét falla
fjalfrs ólágra gjalfra
bǫlverðungar Belja
bolm á randar holmi.
Þar hné grundar gilja
gramr fyr skǫrpum hamri,
en berg-Dana bagði
brjótr við jǫrmunþrjóti.

{Fjǫrspillir {bǫlverðungar Belja}} lét {bolm {fjalfrs ólágra gjalfra}} falla á {holmi randar}. Þar hné {gramr {grundar gilja}} fyr skǫrpum hamri, en {brjótr {berg-Dana}} bagði við jǫrmunþrjóti.
‘The life-destroyer of the evil-causing troop of Beli <giant> [GIANTS > = Þórr] made the bear of the hiding-place of not low roaring waters [CAVE > GIANT = Hrungnir] fall on the island of the shield-rim [SHIELD]. There the ruler of the land of ravines [MOUNTAINS > GIANT = Hrungnir] sank down on account of the tough hammer, and the breaker of rock-Danes [GIANTS > = Þórr] caused injury to the mighty obstinate one.

notes and context

As for st. 14.

There is a partial discrepancy between this stanza’s statement that Þórr caused Hrungnir to fall on his shield (ll. 1-4) and the elaborate narrative of Skm (SnE 1998, I, 22), in which Þórr fell forward, hit in the forehead by a shaft from Hrungnir’s whetstone, while Hrungnir himself, hit by Mjǫllnir, fell forward over the prostrate Þórr so that one leg lay over the god’s neck.



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: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski, 2. Haustlǫng 18: AI, 20, BI, 18, Skald I, 11, NN §§2504, 3040, 3203; SnE 1848-87, I, 282-3, III, 22-3, SnE 1931, 105, SnE 1998, I, 23.


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