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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hergunnr Lv 1VIII (HjǪ 15)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 15 (Hergunnr, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 507.


text and translation

Tölum ek treysti         at tala við höfþingja,
þó munum vér lítit,         þat er til vegar horfir.
Skulum til skála         skunda göngu
ok menn mildungs         merkja á seyði.

Ek treysti tölum at tala við höfþingja, þó munum vér lítit, þat er horfir til vegar. Skulum skunda göngu til skála ok merkja menn mildungs á seyði.
‘I trust in my powers of speech to talk with chieftains, yet we [I] will [do] little that leads to honour. We shall speed our course to the hall and observe the prince’s men on the fire.

notes and context

The grotesque sea-ogress Hergunnr (lit. ‘War-battle’) urges her sisters on to the ‘hall’, in fact only a tent, to see Hjálmþér’s men burn.

This stanza is omitted in papp6ˣ, and hence in the eds that are based on this ms. FSN reproduces the text in a footnote.



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. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis III 5: AII, 335, BII, 356, Skald II, 192, NN §2615; FSN 3, 483, n. 1, HjǪ 1970, 32, 89, 147.


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