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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vargeisa Lv 6VIII (HjǪ 46)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 46 (Vargeisa/Álfsól, Lausavísur 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 538.


text and translation

Keyptir þú Snarvendil         með kossi einum;
var þat verð lítit,         vel frá ek mér kæmi.
Örr mundir þú af auði,         ef optar svá fengir,
jöfurr inn ógndjarfi         ok einkarhepni.

Þú keyptir Snarvendil með einum kossi; þat var lítit verð, ek frá mér kæmi vel. Þú mundir örr af auði, ef svá fengir optar, inn ógndjarfi ok einkarhepni jöfurr.
‘You bought Snarvendill with a single kiss; that was a low price, [but] I learnt it was fortunate for me. You would be liberal with riches, if you got such more often, dreadfully bold and very fortunate prince.

notes and context

Another young woman, who turns out to be princess Álfsól, reminds Hjálmþér of how, when she was enchanted as Vargeisa the finngálkn, he obtained the sword Snarvendill from her for a kiss, which in turn saved her from the enchantment.

[5-8]: The admonition to the hero to be generous is similar to Hervǫr’s advice to Hjálmþér in HjǪ 27.



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 VI 5: AII, 341, BII, 363, Skald II, 196; HjǪ 1720, 74, FSN 3, 513, FSGJ 4, 238-9, HjǪ 1970, 60, 110, 178.


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