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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjálm Lv 18VIII (Ǫrv 28)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 28 (Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri, Lausavísur 18)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 842.

Hjálmarr inn hugumstóriLausavísur

text and translation

Styrr ok Ári,         Steinn ok Kári,
Vöttr, Véseti,         Vémundr, Hnefi.
Vér á einn bekk         allir sátum,
teitir ok reifir;         því em ek trauðr flugar.

Styrr ok Ári, Steinn ok Kári, Vöttr, Véseti, Vémundr, Hnefi. Vér sátum allir á einn bekk, teitir ok reifir; því em ek trauðr flugar.
‘Styrr and Ári, Steinn and Kári, Vǫttr, Véseti, Vémundr, Hnefi. We all occupied a single bench, merry and cheerful; that is why I am reluctant to flee.

notes and context

This stanza is the fourth of a roll-call of Hjálmarr’s former drinking mates.

[3]: The names of Vǫttr and Véseti occur in legendary sources associated with Sweden and Denmark. Vǫttr ‘Mitten’ is mentioned in Þjóð Yt 15/10I as one of the Danish king Fróði’s jarls in his invasion of Sweden during the reign of the Yngling king Óttarr, who died in Denmark (see Note to Ǫrv 29/7 below). Véseti is the name of a ruler of Bornholm according to Jvs, but véseti ‘Inhabitant of a sanctuary’ (cf. AEW: Véseti) also occurs as a nickname (ONP: véseti).



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. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga β 4: AII, 296, BII, 316, Skald II, 168, NN §120; Ǫrv 1888, 105, FSGJ 2, 261.


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