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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hregg Lv 2VIII (GHr 2)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gǫngu-Hrólfs saga 2 (Hreggviðr konungr, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 300.

Hreggviðr konungrLausavísur

text and translation

Glez Hreggviðr         af Gríms dauða,
Þórðar ok þar með         þrjóta lífstundir.
Mun flokkr sjá         fjanda minna
fyrir Hrólfi         hníga verða.

Hreggviðr glez af dauða Gríms, ok lífstundir Þórðar þrjóta þar með. Sjá flokkr fjanda minna mun verða hníga fyrir Hrólfi.
‘Hreggviðr rejoices in the death of Grímr, and the hours of Þórðr’s life are diminishing as well. That group of my enemies will come to fall before Hrólfr.

notes and context

Both Skj B and Skald prefer here a version of this stanza based in part on 591eˣ for l. 3, Þórðar ok Brynjólfs, and in part on 567XI α for l. 4 þrotnar lífstundir. They use 591eˣ again for l. 6 falla hrǫnnum. They regularise the metre of l. 7 by inserting an ok before fyr Hrólfi. Their text reads: Glezk Hreggviðr | Gríms af dauða, | Þórðar ok Brynjólfs | þrotnar lífstundir; | mun flokkr sjá | falla hrǫnnum | ok fyr Hrólfi | hníga verða, which Skj B translates as Hreggvid glæder sig over Grims død. Tords og Brynjolfs levetid er sluttet; den skare vil falde flokkevis og segne for Hrolf ‘Hreggviðr rejoices over Grímr’s death. Þórðr’s and Brynjólfr’s lives are finished; that troop will fall in flocks and sink before Hrólfr’. This composite text corresponds to no single ms. version, whereas that adopted by FSN and FSGJ at least has the merit of following two medieval mss, 589f and 152.



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. 15. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Gǫngu-Hrólfssaga 2: AII, 332-3, BII, 353, Skald II, 190; FSN 3, 334, FSGJ 3, 253 (GHr).


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