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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

Hamðismál (Hamð) - 29


Not published: do not cite ()

non-skaldic stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27 

24 — Hamð 24

Cite as: Not published: do not cite (Hamð 24)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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).

Hug hefðir þú, Hamðir,
ef þú hefðir hyggjandi,
mikils er ámann hvern vant
er manvits er.
Af væri nú höfuð
ef Erpr lifði,
bróðir okkarr inn böðfrækni,
er við ábraut vágum,
verr inn víðfrækni,
hvöttumk að dísir,
gumi inn gunnhelgi,
gjörðumz að vígi.   (eddic or germanic)

(‘You’d have had a mind, Hamdir, if you had some wits;
much is lacking in a man when he lacks common sense.’
‘Off his head would be now, if Erp were alive,*
our brother bold in battle, whom we killed on the road,
the man so fierce in war—the disir drove us to do it—*
the man inviolate in fighting—they spurred us to slaughter.’

editions: Skj Not in Skj;


GKS 2365 4° (R) 45v, 13 - 45v, 17 (Edda)  image  image  
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