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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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AngH Lv 5VIII (Heiðr 98)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 98 (Angantýr Heiðreksson, Lausavísur 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 470.

Angantýr HeiðrekssonLausavísur

text and translation

Mun ek um þik sitjanda         silfri mæla,
en ganganda þik         gulli steypa,
svát á vega alla         velti baugar:
þriðjung Gotþjóðar,         því skaltu einn ráða.

Ek mun mæla um þik sitjanda silfri, en steypa þik ganganda gulli, svát baugar velti á alla vega: þriðjung Gotþjóðar, því skaltu einn ráða.
‘I will measure you, sitting, with silver, and shower you, walking, in gold, so that rings roll in all directions: a third of the land of the Goths, that you alone shall rule.

notes and context

The stanza follows directly on from the previous one.

[1-6]: Cf. e.g Snegl (ÍF 9, 290-2), where King Haraldr Guðinason (Godwinson) offers to reward Halli for a poem by pouring silver on his head, telling him he can keep what sticks. Halli smears tar on his head and forms his hair into a bowl shape, thus gaining rather more reward than the king intended. See also examples listed under Fritzner: steypa 4 and, on the syntactic construction, cf. Þry 10. — [3-4]: Jón Helgason (1967, 229) observes that the idea of showering gold on a man who is walking along is an unlikely scenario and though he retains the ms. reading in his edition, in his notes proposes (in ModIcel.) en standanda þig / steypa gulli ‘and steep you, standing, in gold’. This is, of course, purely speculative. — [8]: Cf. Guðr II 26/5-6 (NK 228), where Grímhildr offers Guðrún various treasures as Atli’s bride: ein scaltu ráða | auði Buðla ‘you alone shall rule the wealth of Buðli’.



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 13: AII, 253, BII, 272, Skald II, 142; Heiðr 1672, 163, FSN 1, 494-5, Heiðr 1873, 272, Heiðr 1924, 145, FSGJ 2, 57, Heiðr 1960, 50 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 5, NK 305, ÍF Edd. II, 423.


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