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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjálm Lv 4VIII (Ǫrv 14)/5 — Hneit ‘has’

Sár hefk sextán,         slitna brynju,
svart er mér fyr sjónum,         sékat ganga.
Hneit mér við hjarta         hjörr Angantý*s,
hvass blóðrefill,         herðr í eitri.

Hefk sextán sár, slitna brynju, er mér svart fyr sjónum, sékat ganga. Hjörr Angantý*s hneit mér við hjarta, hvass blóðrefill, herðr í eitri.

I have sixteen wounds, a broken mail-coat, it is dark before my eyes, I cannot see to walk. Angantýr’s sword has pierced my heart, the sharp sword tip, hardened in poison.


[5] Hneit: ‘hnöt’ or ‘huöt’ corrected from ‘hnet’ or ‘huet’ R715ˣ


[5] hneit mér við hjarta ‘has pierced my heart’: Mér is here and in l. 3 treated as a dat. of interest (‘for/to me’), but it may alternatively be a possessive dat., in which case one would read hneit við hjarta mér and er svart fyr sjónum mér (l. 3).



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