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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjþ Lv 9VIII (HjǪ 28)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 28 (Hjálmþér Ingason, Lausavísur 9)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 520.

Hjálmþér IngasonLausavísur

text and translation

Heill sittu, Hundingi,         hef ek engan
þér æðra hitt         undir heims skauti.
Ferr þín frægð         um fégjafir;
því kom ek hingat         hilmis at vitja.

Heill sittu, Hundingi, ek hef engan hitt æðra þér undir {skauti heims}. Frægð þín um fégjafir ferr; því kom ek hingat at vitja hilmis.
‘May you have good health, Hundingi, I have met no one more distinguished than you under the cover of the world [SKY]. Your reputation for gifts of money travels; and so I have come here to visit the ruler.

notes and context

Hjálmþér and his men now enter the hall, with the exception of Hǫrðr, who remains at the entrance. Hjálmþér makes himself known to King Hundingi with this stanza.

Cf. Hjálmþérsrímur V, 23 (Finnur Jónsson 1905-22, II, 39). — Hjálmþér follows Hervǫr’s instructions in this and subsequent stanzas in behaving in a formally correct fashion to her father.



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 7: AII, 338, BII, 359, Skald II, 194, NN §125; HjǪ 1720, 48, FSN 3, 492, FSGJ 4, 217, HjǪ 1970, 40, 95, 156.


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