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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hundk Lv 6VIII (HjǪ 38)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 38 (Hundingi konungr, Lausavísur 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 529.

Hundingi konungrLausavísur

text and translation

Statt upp, Hástigi,         ok gef rúm gestum,
mönnum velbornum,         furðu farmóðum.
Mik hafa eigi öðlingar         áðr heim sóttan,
þeir er mér sýnz hafa         með betra bragði.

Statt upp, Hástigi, ok gef gestum rúm, velbornum mönnum, furðu farmóðum. Öðlingar hafa eigi sóttan mik áðr heim, þeir er sýnz mér hafa með betra bragði.
‘Stand up, Hástigi, and make space for the guests, well-born men, very travel-weary. Princes have not visited me before who seemed to me to have better behaviour.

notes and context

Hundingi looks at Hástigi and orders him in this stanza to vacate his seat as a sign of hospitality to the guests.

Most previous eds (with the exception of HjǪ 1970 and Valdimar Ásmundarson 1885-9, in part) have taken the opportunity to ‘improve’ this stanza by emending l. 1 (statt replaced with rís ‘rise’ to give regular alliteration, so Skj B and Skald) and by adopting the additional text written above the line in papp6ˣ, replacing l. 4 with ok frekum í ræðu ‘and bold in speech’. If the mss’ original forms are retained in ll. 3-4 there is no alliteration. On the other hand, Hundingi’s deliberate and ironic use of repeated velbornum ‘well-born’ (l. 3) from l. 8 of the previous stanza, is lost. Most previous eds also adopt the additional svinnra ‘wiser, more prudent’ from papp6ˣ in l. 8, again to provide regular alliteration. The additional readings from papp6ˣ make ll. 3-4 and 8 of this stanza metrical and alliteratively regular, viz. furðu farmóðum | ok frekum í ræðu ‘very travel-weary and bold in speech’ (ll. 3-4) and með svinnra bragði ‘more prudent behaviour’ (l. 8).



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 17: AII, 339-40, BII, 361, Skald II, 195; HjǪ 1720, 51-2, FSN 3, 495-6, FSGJ 4, 221, HjǪ 1970, 42, 96, 158.


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