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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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The following four stanzas are all attributed in Hrólf to a sibyl (vǫlva) named Heiðr, who has been invited to King Fróði’s hall to reveal to him the whereabouts of his brother Hálfdan’s sons, Hróarr and Helgi, whom he intends to kill. It is possible that these fragments were once part of a longer poem.

Tveir eru menn,         — trúi ek hvárugum —
þeir er við elda         ítrir sitja.

Eru tveir menn, þeir er sitja ítrir við elda; ek trúi hvárugum.

There are two men, who sit glorious by the fires; I trust neither.

Mss: 285ˣ(4r-v), 9ˣ(4r), 11ˣ(4v), 109a IIˣ(215v), papp17ˣ(288v) (Hrólf)

Readings: [1] menn: inni 9ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 230, Skj BII, 250, Skald II, 130; Hrólf 1960, 10; Edd. Min. 61.

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

Notes: [All]: 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.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Edd. Min. = Heusler, Andreas and Wilhelm Ranisch, eds. 1903. Eddica Minora: Dichtungen eddischer Art aus den Fornaldarsögur und anderen Prosawerken. Dortmund: Ruhfus. Rpt. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
  4. Hrólf 1960 = Slay, Desmond, ed. 1960a. Hrólfs saga kráka. EA B 1. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.
  5. Internal references
  6. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hrólfs saga kraka’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 539.
  7. Not published: do not cite (Bragi Lv 1aIV)
  8. Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 78 (Bragi inn gamli Boddason, Lausavísur 1b)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 365.
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