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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ormarr Lv 3VIII (Heiðr 104)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 104 (Ormarr, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 476.


text and translation

Mey veit ek Heiðreks,         …
systur þína,         svigna til jarðar.
Hafa Húnar         hana felda,
ok marga aðra         yðra þegna.

Ek veit mey Heiðreks, … systur þína, svigna til jarðar. Húnar hafa felda hana, ok marga aðra þegna yðra.
‘I know Heiðrekr’s girl, … your sister, to have sunk to the earth. The Huns have felled her, and many others of your men.

notes and context

[2]: Metrically, there must be something missing here, but neither ms. gives any indication either of what it may be or of a gap. All previous eds have made suggestions, but all are conjecture.



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 VII 3: AII, 254, BII, 273-4, Skald II, 143, NN §§3144, 3186; Heiðr 1672, 173, FSN 1, 499, Heiðr 1873, 279, Heiðr 1924, 150, FSGJ 2, 61-2, Heiðr 1960, 53-4; Edd. Min. 7-8, NK 308, ÍF Edd. II, 425-6.


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