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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vargeisa Lv 1VIII (HjǪ 4)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 4 (Vargeisa/Álfsól, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 497.


text and translation

Vargeisa ek heiti;         heyr þú, vísis son,
        viltu, at ek þér í sinni sé?
Allra þinna         tel ek þik þurfa munu
        vel trúra vina.

Ek heiti Vargeisa; heyr þú, son vísis, viltu, at ek sé þér í sinni? Ek tel þik munu vel þurfa allra trúra vina þinna.
‘I am called Vargeisa; listen, son of a king, do you want me to be of help to you? I reckon you will indeed have need of all your true friends.

notes and context

The stanza follows immediately after HjǪ 3.

Cf. Hjálmþérsrímur III, 21 (Finnur Jónsson 1905-22, II, 22). — In this stanza, composed in ljóðaháttr, Vargeisa’s friendly and genteel approach to Hjálmþér belies her unfortunately monstrous appearance, if not nature.



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 II 2: AII, 334, BII, 354, Skald II, 191; HjǪ 1720, 28, FSN 3, 474, FSGJ 4, 198-9, HjǪ 1970, 24-5, 83, 138.


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