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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Heiðr) 9VIII (Heiðr 90 [a])

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 90 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 9)’ 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

text and translation

Segg fann hann úti         fyrir sal hávum
ok síðförlan         síðan kvaddi:

Hann fann segg úti fyrir hávum sal ok kvaddi síðan síðförlan:
‘He met a man outside in front of the high hall, and then greeted the one travelling late:

notes and context

Hlǫðr and his troops arrive at Árheimar, sem hér segir ‘as it says here’.

Other eds take this helmingr together with the following one, HlǫðH Lv 1 (Heiðr 90b), to form one eight-line stanza. — Manuscript R715ˣ, in keeping with its tendency to omit narrative (i.e. non-dialogue) verse, does not contain this helmingr. See also Heiðr 90b Note to [All]. The appearance of a minor character for the protagonist to run into late at night in order to move the plot along and explain the setting is utilised elsewhere in the saga in the poetry leading up to Hervǫr’s dialogue with her father Angantýr, Heiðr 18-24.



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 V 4/1-4: AII, 250-1, BII, 270, Skald II, 141; FSN 1, 492, Heiðr 1873, 267, Heiðr 1924, 86, 142, FSGJ 2, 54, Heiðr 1960, 47 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 1-2, NK 302, ÍF Edd. II, 418.


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