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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hildibrandr Lv 6VIII (Ásm 6)

Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Ásmundar saga kappabana 6 (Hildibrandr, Lausavísur 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 20.


text and translation

Nú verð ek liggja         lífs andvani,
mæki undaðr,         þeim er magnar sár.

Ek verð nú liggja andvani lífs, undaðr mæki, þeim er magnar sár.
‘Now I must lie bereft of life, wounded by a sword, the one that increases wounds.

notes and context

This helmingr is sometimes treated as part of the previous stanza, giving a twelve-line stanza (so FSGJ), or as the second half of an eight-line stanza, although there is no indication in the ms. of missing texts (so Edd. Min.). — [3-4]: These lines refer to the dwarf-forged sword destined to bring death to King Buðli’s grandsons (see st. 2 Note to [All]).



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 12. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ásmundar saga kappabana I 6: AII, 321, BII, 341, Skald II, 183, NN §796; Peringskiöld 1722, 22 (ch. 9), FSN 2, 486 (ch. 9), Detter 1891, 99, FSGJ 1, 406 (ch. 9) (Ásm); CPB I, 191, Halvorsen 1951, 16; Edd. Min. 54, NK 314.


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