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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GizGrý Lv 4VIII (Heiðr 112)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 112 (Gizurr Grýtingaliði, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 482.

Gizurr GrýtingaliðiLausavísur

text and translation

Felmtr er yðru fylki,         feigr er yðarr vísir,
gnæfar yðr gunnfani,         gramr er yðr Óðinn!

Fylki yðru er felmtr, vísir yðarr er feigr, gunnfani gnæfar yðr, Óðinn er gramr yðr!
‘Your troop is terrified, your ruler is doomed, the battle-standard flies high for you, Óðinn is angry with you!

notes and context

Gizurr rides to within earshot of the Huns and declaims the stanza in a loud voice.

[3]: Gnæfa must be intransitive here and yðr in the dat. The gunnfani ‘battle-standard’ referred to is presumably that of the Goths, raised in victory over the Huns. Cf. Hárb 40/3 (NK 84) gnæfa gunnfana ‘to raise high battle-standards’. — [4]: The following stanza, Heiðr 113/7-8, also refers to the god Óðinn’s role as decider of battles (see Note). Cf. also Innstein Innvk 31/1-2 (Hálf 18) Þér er orðinn | Óðinn til gramr ‘Óðinn has become too angry with you’, and Note to that stanza.



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 10: AII, 255, BII, 275, Skald II, 143; Heiðr 1672, 174, FSN 1, 501, Heiðr 1873, 283, Heiðr 1924, 152, FSGJ 2, 64, Heiðr 1960, 56 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 10, NK 309, ÍF Edd. II, 427.


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