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Anon (Heiðr) 8VIII (Heiðr 89)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 89 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 459.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks
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Wear has made the folio containing these stanzas difficult to read in 2845; 203ˣ, which is an R-redaction ms. at this point, has therefore also been used selectively.

Hlöðr reið austan,         Heiðreks arfi;
kom hann at garði,         þar er Gotar byggja,
á Árheima         arfs at kveðja;
þar drakk Angantýr         erfi Heiðreks *.

Hlöðr reið austan, arfi Heiðreks; hann kom at garði, þar er Gotar byggja, at kveðja arfs á Árheima; þar drakk Angantýr erfi Heiðreks *.

Hlǫðr rode from the east, Heiðrekr’s heir; he came to the court where the Goths live, to ask for his inheritance at Árheimar; there Angantýr was drinking Heiðrekr’s wake.

Mss: 2845(73v) (Heiðr); also used selectively: 203ˣ(109v) (Heiðr)

Readings: [2] Heiðreks arfi: so 203ˣ, ‘Heid[…]’ 2845    [4] byggja: so 203ˣ, ‘bygdia’ 2845    [8] Heiðreks *: Heiðreks konungs 2845

Editions: Skj AII, 250, Skj BII, 270, Skald II, 141; FSN 1, 491, Heiðr 1873, 266, Heiðr 1924, 86, FSGJ 2, 53-4, Heiðr 1960, 47 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 1, NK 302, ÍF Edd. II, 418.

Context: Hlǫðr learns of his father’s death, and that his brother Angantýr has gained the kingdom of Reiðgotaland, home of the Goths. With the encouragement of his foster-father and maternal grandfather King Humli, Hlǫðr resolves to ride to claim his inheritance, at first með goðum orðum ‘with good words’. The stanza is introduced: sem hér segir ‘as it says here’.

Notes: [1, 6]: See Note to RvHbreiðm Hl 44/1-2III. — [1] Hlöðr ‘Hlǫðr’: See Note to Anon (Heiðr) 8/1 (Heiðr 88). — [4] Gotar ‘Goths’: See Note to Heiðr 87/4. — [5] Árheima ‘Árheimar’: Lit. ‘River-homes’. Unknown outside Heiðr, where it occurs also in Heiðr 114/4 and in a few places in the prose (Heiðr 1960, 46-7, 53). It is said to be á Danparstǫðum (Heiðr 1960, 46) ‘on the banks of the Dnieper’, but the location has not been identified. — [8] *: The mss read konungs ‘king’s’, but this is not metrical and all eds but FSN, NK and ÍF Edd. omit it.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. FSN = Rafn, Carl Christian, ed. 1829-30. Fornaldar sögur nordrlanda. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  5. FSGJ = Guðni Jónsson, ed. 1954. Fornaldar sögur norðurlanda. 4 vols. [Reykjavík]: Íslendingasagnaútgáfan.
  6. Heiðr 1924 = Jón Helgason, ed. 1924. Heiðreks saga. Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks konungs. SUGNL 48. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  7. Heiðr 1960 = Tolkien, Christopher, ed. and trans. 1960. Saga Heiðreks konungs ins vitra / The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise. Nelson Icelandic Texts. London etc.: Nelson.
  8. Heiðr 1873 = Bugge, Sophus, ed. 1873. Hervarar saga ok Heidreks. Det Norske oldskriftselskabs samlinger 17. Christiania (Oslo): Brøgger.
  9. Internal references
  10. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 367.
  11. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 44’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1052.
  12. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 87 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 456.
  13. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 88 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 457.
  14. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 89 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 459.
  15. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 114 (Hlǫðr Heiðreksson, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 483.
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