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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Codex Regius of the Poetic Edda: an electronic edition (Edd.)

ed. Haraldur Bernharðsson;

not in Skj

prose works

Helgakviða Hjörvarðssonar (HHj) - 67

Helgakviða Hjörvarðssonar

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0c — [not skaldic]

Cite as: Not published: do not cite ([not skaldic])

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hjörvarðr hét konungr. Hann átti fjórar konur. Ein hét Álfhildr; sonr þeira hét Heðinn. Önnur hét Særeiðr; þeira sonr hét Humlungr. In þriðja hét Sinrjóð; þeira sonr hét Hymlingr. Hjörvarðr konungr hafði þess heit strengt að eiga þá konu er hann vissi vænsta. Hann spurði að Sváfnir konungr átti dóttur allra fegrsta; sú hét Sigrlinn. Iðmundr hét jarl hans. Atli var hans sonr er fór að biðja Sigrlinnar til handa konungi. Hann dvalðiz vetrlangt með Sváfni konungi. Fránmarr hét þar jarl, fóstri Sigrlinnar; dóttir hans hét Álöf. Jarlinn réð að meyjar var synjað ok fór jarlinn heim. Atli jarls sonr stóð einn dag við lund nokkurn en fugl sat ílimunum uppi yfir hánum ok hafði heyrt til að hans menn kölluðu vænstar konur þær er Hjörvarðr konungr átti. Fuglinn kvakaði en Atli hlýddi hvað hann sagði. Hann kvað:

(Hiorvard was the name of a king. He had four wives. One was called Alfhild, their son was Hedin; the second was called Særeid, their son was called Humlung; the third was called Sinriod, their son was Hymling. King Hiorvard had sworn an oath to marry the woman whom he knew to be the most beautiful. He heard that King Svafnir had a daughter who was loveliest of all, who was called Sigrlinn.
Idmund was the name of his earl. Atli was his son and he went to ask for Sigrlinn on the king’s behalf. He spent the whole winter with King Svafnir. There was an earl called Franmar, Sigrlinn’s foster-father; his daughter was called Alof. The earl advised that the girl not be betrothed and Atli went home.
Atli, the earl’s son, was standing one day in a certain grove; there was a bird sitting in the branches up above him and it had heard that his men were saying that the most beautiful women were those married to Hiorvard. The bird squawked; Atli listened to what it said.
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editions: Skj Not in Skj;

sources

GKS 2365 4° (R) 22r, 5 - 22r, 16 (Edda)  image  image  
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