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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Herv Lv 5VIII (Heiðr 19)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 19 (Hervǫr, Lausavísur 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 379.


text and translation

Munkat ek ganga         gistingar til,
því at ek engan kann         eyjarskeggja.
Segðu hraðliga,         áðr heðan líðir:
hvar eru Hjörvarði         haugar kendir?

Ek munkat ganga til gistingar, því at ek kann engan eyjarskeggja. Segðu hraðliga, áðr líðir heðan: hvar eru haugar kendir Hjörvarði?
‘I will not go to lodging, because I know no island-beard. Say quickly, before you pass from here: where are the mounds named after Hjǫrvarðr?

notes and context

The speaker is clearly Hervǫr, although this is indicated in the prose only in R715ˣ.



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 II 2: AII, 244, BII, 263, Skald II, 137; Heiðr 1672, 89, FSN 1, 433, 519, Heiðr 1873, 212, 314, Heiðr 1924, 19, 105, FSGJ 2, 13-14, Heiðr 1960, 12; Edd. Min. 13.


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