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Gestumbl Heiðr 27VIII (Heiðr 74)

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 74 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 27)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 441.

GestumblindiHeiðreks gátur

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The new edition is either unpublished or unavailable. The following is taken from an old edition (Skj where relevant):

Hvat's þat dýra,
er Dǫnum hlífir,
berr blóðugt bak
en bergr firum,
geirum mætir,
gefr líf sumum,
leggr við lófa
lík sitt guma.
Heiðrekr konungr,
hygg þú at gátu.


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], D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 17: AII, 224, BII, 243, Skald II, 126; Heiðr 1672, 150, FSN 1, 476, Heiðr 1873, 255, 339, Heiðr 1924, 72-3, 75, 138, FSGJ 2, 45, Heiðr 1960, 39; Edd. Min. 116.


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