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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Herv Lv 11VIII (Heiðr 28)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 28 (Hervǫr, Lausavísur 11)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 389.


text and translation

Hervarðr, Hjörvarðr,         Hrani, Angantýr,
svá sé yðr öllum         innan rifja,
sem þér í maura         mornið haugi,
nema sverð selið,         þat er sló Dvalinn;
samira draugum         dýr vápn fela.

Hervarðr, Hjörvarðr, Hrani, Angantýr, svá sé yðr öllum innan rifja, sem þér mornið í maurahaugi, nema selið sverð, þat er Dvalinn sló; samira draugum fela dýr vápn.
‘Hervarðr, Hjǫrvarðr, Hrani, Angantýr, may it be to you all within your ribs as if you rot in an anthill, unless you give [me] the sword, which Dvalinn forged; it is not fitting for revenants to hide precious weapons.

notes and context

In Herv Lv 14 (Heiðr 36) Hervǫr again threatens the brothers that they shall not be allowed to rest in peace if they refuse to give up Tyrfingr.



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 4: AII, 246, BII, 265-6, Skald II, 138; Heiðr 1672, 91, FSN 1, 436, 520, Heiðr 1873, 215, 317, Heiðr 1924, 23-4, 108, FSGJ 2, 16, Heiðr 1960, 14-15; Edd. Min. 15.


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