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Heiðv Lv 1VIII (Hrólf 2)

†Desmond Slay (ed.) 2017, ‘Hrólfs saga kraka 2 (Heiðr vǫlva, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 542.

Heiðr vǫlvaLausavísur
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menn ‘men’

maðr (noun m.): man, person

[1] menn: inni 9ˣ

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hvárugum ‘neither’

hvárgi (pron.): neither

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ítrir ‘glorious’

ítr (adj.): glorious

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sitja ‘sit’

sitja (verb): sit

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In Fróði’s hall, the king asks Heiðr what she can say about the boys by her art, and she utters this half-stanza.

A number of earlier eds (e.g. Edd. Min. 61) treated Heiðv 1 and 2 as a single stanza. Stanza 3 is then treated as a main clause by slight emendation, Þeir í Vífilsey | váru … ‘They were in Vífilsey …’. In the present edn st. 3 is a free-standing subordinate clause. — [1-2]: These lines are very similar to two versions of a stanza ascribed to Bragi Boddason (Bragi Lv 1aIV and Lv 1b (Hálf 78)), uttered in similarly vatic circumstances about twin boys, which begins: Tveir ’ro inni – trúik bôðum vel –  ‘Two are inside – I trust both well’. The variant inni in may reflect this (it can hardly have been in the common original of the Hrólf mss). See further Introduction to Bragi Lv 1aIV and Introduction to Hálf 78.

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