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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Angantýr Lv 5VIII (Heiðr 35)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 35 (Angantýr Arngrímsson, Lausavísur 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 395.

Angantýr ArngrímssonLausavísur

text and translation

Muntu son geta,         þann er síðan mun
Tyrfing hafa         ok trúa magni.
Þann munu Heiðrek         heita lýðar;
sá mun ríkstr alinn         und röðuls tjaldi.

Muntu geta son, þann er mun hafa Tyrfing síðan ok trúa magni. Lýðar munu heita þann Heiðrek; sá mun alinn ríkstr und {tjaldi röðuls}.
‘You will give birth to a son, who will have Tyrfingr later, and trust in its might. People will call him Heiðrekr; he will be born most powerful under the tent of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN].

notes and context

Angantýr’s prophecy is fulfilled later in the saga when Hervǫr has a son, Heiðrekr, with Hǫfundr, son of King Guðmundr of Glasisvellir (on the latter see further Heiðr 1960, 84-6); Heiðrekr becomes a powerful and wealthy king through marriage alliances, inheritance and his own war-making. 



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 11: AII, 247, BII, 267, Skald II, 139; Heiðr 1672, 92, FSN 1, 438, 521, Heiðr 1873, 218, 319, Heiðr 1924, 27, 109-10, FSGJ 2, 19, Heiðr 1960, 16-17; Edd. Min. 17.


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