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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjálm Lv 19VIII (Ǫrv 29)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 29 (Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri, Lausavísur 19)’ 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

Svarfraði, Sigvaldi,         Sæbjörn ok Kolr,
Þráinn ok Þjóstólfr,         Þórálfr ok Svalr,
Hrappr ok Haddingr,         Húnfastr, Knúi,
Óttarr, Egill         með Yngvari.

Svarfraði, Sigvaldi, Sæbjörn ok Kolr, Þráinn ok Þjóstólfr, Þórálfr ok Svalr, Hrappr ok Haddingr, Húnfastr, Knúi, Óttarr, Egill með Yngvari.
‘Svarfraði, Sigvaldi, Sæbjǫrn and Kolr, Þráinn and Þjóstólfr, Þórálfr and Svalr, Hrappr and Haddingr, Húnfastr, Knúi, Óttarr, Egill with Yngvarr.

notes and context

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

[7, 8]: The names Óttarr, Egill and Yngvarr are associated with traditions of the Swedish and Norwegian Yngling dynasty (cf. Þjóð Yt 14I, 15I and 18I), which are also echoed in the Old English poem Beowulf.



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 5: AII, 296, BII, 316, Skald II, 168; Ǫrv 1888, 105, FSGJ 2, 261-2.


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