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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HervH Lv 4VIII (HjǪ 27)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 27 (Hervǫr Hundingjadóttir, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 519.

Hervǫr HundingjadóttirLausavísur

text and translation

Gef þú auð, jöfurr,         ef þú örr þykkiz;
þágu gull gumar,         ok geraz þér vel hollir.
En, ef maðr metnaz         við mildings síðu,
sýn leiðum þitt lyndi         ok láttu hann sneypu hljóta.

Gef þú auð, jöfurr, ef þú þykkiz örr; gumar þágu gull, ok geraz þér vel hollir. En, ef maðr metnaz við síðu mildings, sýn leiðum lyndi þitt ok láttu hann hljóta sneypu.
‘Give riches, prince, if you would be thought open-handed; [if] men have received gold and then they become very loyal to you. But if a man at the ruler’s side puffs himself up, show the loathsome one your temper and let him have disgrace as his portion.

notes and context

Hervǫr gives Hjálmþér more advice about behaviour at her father’s court, urging him to show generosity as befits a ruler.

Hervǫr’s advice is conventionally gnomic and not specifically relevant to the situation at Hundingi’s hall.



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 IV 6: AII, 338, BII, 359, Skald II, 194, NN §124; HjǪ 1720, 48, FSN 3, 491-2, FSGJ 4, 216-17, HjǪ 1970, 39-40, 94-5, 155-6.


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