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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Herv Lv 9VIII (Heiðr 26)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 26 (Hervǫr, Lausavísur 9)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 387.


text and translation

Hervarðr, Hjörvarðr,         Hrani, Angantýr,
vek ek yðr alla         undir viðar rótum,
hjálmi ok með brynju,         hvössu sverði,
rönd ok með reiði,         roðnum geiri.

Hervarðr, Hjörvarðr, Hrani, Angantýr, ek vek yðr alla undir rótum viðar, hjálmi ok með brynju, hvössu sverði, rönd ok með reiði, roðnum geiri.
‘Hervarðr, Hjǫrvarðr, Hrani, Angantýr, I wake you all under the roots of the tree, with helmet and with mail-shirt, with sharp sword, with shield and with war-gear, with decorated spear.

notes and context

[4]: A similar line occurs in Skí 35/5. — [5-8]: These lines are more likely to refer to Hervǫr herself (cf. Heiðr 37/5-8) than to the sons of Arngrímr, though either is possible since we are told that the latter were buried með ǫllum vápnum (Heiðr 1960, 10) ‘with all their weapons’. Cf. Heiðr 88, which lists the weapons of Hervǫr’s grandson, Hlǫðr Heiðreksson, with some similarity.



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. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga III 2: AII, 245, BII, 265, Skald II, 138, NN §3179; Heiðr 1672, 91, FSN 1, 434, 519-20, Heiðr 1873, 214-15, 316, Heiðr 1924, 22-3, 107-8, FSGJ 2, 15-16, Heiðr 1960, 14; Edd. Min. 15.


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