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Eyv Hák 19I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál 19’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 192.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonHákonarmál
181920

Góðu dœgri         verðr sá gramr of borinn,
        es sér getr slíkan sefa.
Hans aldar         mun æ vesa
        at góðu getit.

Góðu dœgri verðr sá gramr of borinn, es getr sér slíkan sefa. Aldar hans mun æ vesa getit at góðu.

On a good day will that monarch be born who gets for himself such a character. His time will always be spoken of as good.

Mss: (106v-107r), F(18vb), J1ˣ(64r), J2ˣ(61r) (Hkr); FskBˣ(12v), FskAˣ(57) (Fsk); 761bˣ(101v)

Readings: [1] dœgri: dœmi FskBˣ    [2] verðr: var FskBˣ    [3] sefa: sœfa FskAˣ    [4] aldar: aldr FskBˣ, aldrs FskAˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 67, Skj BI, 59-60, Skald I, 37; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 221, IV, 61, ÍF 26, 196-7, Hkr 1991, I, 128 (HákGóð ch. 31/32), F 1871, 84; Fsk 1902-3, 48 (ch. 12), ÍF 29, 94 (ch. 13); Möbius 1860, 234, Jón Helgason 1968, 28, Krause 1990, 128-30.

Context: In Hkr, as for st. 1. The last three stanzas are cited in Fsk in support of the remark that when Hákon died, he was mourned by friends and enemies alike.

Notes: [3] sefa ‘character’: More usually ‘mind’ or ‘temper’, and so it is generally understood here, though the word can also mean ‘affection’. — [4] aldar hans ‘his time’: The form is gen. sg., used in an impersonal construction with passivised geta ‘speak of’, which takes a gen. object. 

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  4. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.
  5. Hkr 1991 = Bergljót S. Kristjánsdóttir et al., eds. 1991. Heimskringla. 3 vols. Reykjavík: Mál og menning.
  6. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  7. Fsk 1902-3 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1902-3. Fagrskinna: Nóregs kononga tal. SUGNL 30. Copenhagen: Møller.
  8. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  9. Möbius, Theodor. 1860. Edda Sæmundar hins fróða. Mit einem Anhang bisher ungedruckter Gedichte. Leipzig: Hinrichs.
  10. Jón Helgason, ed. 1968. Skjaldevers. 3rd edn. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.
  11. Krause, Arnulf, ed. 1990. Die Dichtung des Eyvindr skáldaspillir: Edition-Kommentar-Untersuchungen. Altnordische Bibliothek 10. Leverkusen: Literaturverlag Norden Mark Reinhardt.
  12. Internal references
  13. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  14. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. clix-clxi.
  15. Not published: do not cite (HákGóðII)
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