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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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AngH Lv 6VIII (Heiðr 106)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 106 (Angantýr Heiðreksson, Lausavísur 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 477.

Angantýr HeiðrekssonLausavísur

text and translation

Óbróðurliga vartu leikinn,         in ágæta systir!

Vartu leikinn óbróðurliga, in ágæta systir!
‘You were treated in an unbrotherly way, excellent sister!

notes and context

When King Angantýr hears of the death of his sister (Heiðr 1960, 54), brá hann grǫnum ok tók seint til orða ‘he drew back his lips and was slow to speak’, but finally speaks these words.

These lines are prose, not poetry, although they contain alliterating staves. Heiðr 1672, FSN and Heiðr 1960 treat them as prose, while Skj B and Skald combine them with the four following lines here identified as st. 107, which are in málaháttr.


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 5: AII, 254, BII, 274, Skald II, 143; Heiðr 1672, 173, FSN 1, 500, Heiðr 1873, 280, Heiðr 1924, 150, FSGJ 2, 62, Heiðr 1960, 54 (Heiðr); NK 308, ÍF Edd. II, 426.


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