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TorfE Lv 4I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Torf-Einarr Rǫgnvaldsson, Lausavísur 4’ 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. 136.

Torf-Einarr RǫgnvaldssonLausavísur
345

text and translation

Rekit hefk Rǫgnvalds dauða
— rétt skiptu því nornir —
— nús folkstuðill fallinn —
at fjórðungi mínum.
Verpið, snarpir sveinar,
þvít sigri vér rôðum,
(skatt velk hônum harðan)
at Háfœtu grjóti.

Hefk rekit dauða Rǫgnvalds at fjórðungi mínum; nornir skiptu því rétt; nús {folkstuðill} fallinn. Verpið grjóti at Háfœtu, snarpir sveinar, þvít vér rôðum sigri; velk hônum harðan skatt.
 
‘I have avenged Rǫgnvaldr’s death for my quarter-share; the norns arranged that rightly; now the people’s support [RULER] is fallen. Throw stones at Háfœta (‘Long-legs’), brave lads, because we hold the victory; I choose hard tribute for him.

notes and context

In Orkn, Torf-Einarr speaks this after ordering a burial mound to be constructed for Hálfdan. In Hkr, it appears after he has cut the ‘blood-eagle’ on Hálfdan’s back (see Note to Lv 3/1, 4). The context in Fsk is as for Lv 1 and 3.

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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: Torf-Einarr jarl, Lausavísur 2: AI, 32, BI, 28, Skald I, 17; ÍF 26, 132 (HHárf ch. 30), F 1871, 55; Orkn 1913-16, 13, ÍF 34, 15 (ch. 8), Flat 1860-8, I, 224; Fsk 1902-3, 298 (ch. 64), ÍF 29, 292 (ch. 74); von See 1960, 35.

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