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Halli stirði (Halli XI)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Russell Poole;

Flokkr (Fl) - 6

The poet who composed these sts is unidentified in the extant medieval sources. However, Johan Peringskiöld’s edn of Hkr (Hkr 1697, II, 143) contains an ascription to one ‘Halli stríði’ ‘the Stern’. This might have originated in a lost source (cf. Fidjestøl 1982, 145-6) but is more plausibly explained as a result of a misinterpretation of contracted svá sem hér segir ‘as is told here’ in Hkr as svá segir Halli stríði ‘as Halli stríði says’ or similar (ÍF 28, 160). This attribution might have been prompted by mention of an otherwise unknown Halli stirði ‘the Stubborn’, with nearly identical nickname, in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275) as one of the skalds of Haraldr harðráði. Possibly Peringskiöld was aware of this attestation. Halli stirði must be a separate identity from Haraldr’s well-known skald, Sneglu-Halli (SnH), since Skáldatal lists both Sneglu-Halli and Halli stirði among the poets who eulogised Haraldr. Also, the present sts indicate that their speaker was with Haraldr in 1064 when the events narrated took place, whereas, according to Sneglu-Halla þáttr (Snegl), Sneglu-Halli returned permanently to Iceland at an earlier date. Sneglu-Halli also composed encomiastic poetry, as indicated in Snegl (see Mork 1928-32, 234-47; ÍF 9, 261-95; Andersson and Gade 2000, 243-52).

Flokkr — Halli XI FlII

Russell Poole 2009, ‘ Halli stirði, Flokkr’ 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, pp. 337-43. <> (accessed 17 May 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6 

Skj: Halli stirði: Flokkr, 1064 (AI, 401-2, BI, 370-1)

SkP info: II, 341-2

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4 — Halli XI Fl 4II

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Cite as: Russell Poole (ed.) 2009, ‘Halli stirði, Flokkr 4’ 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, pp. 341-2.

Telja hátt, es hittask,
hvartveggja mjǫk, seggir,
orð, þaus angra fyrða
allmjǫk, búendr snjallir.
Láta þeir, es þræta,
þegnar, allt í gegnum,
— svellr ofrhugi jǫfrum —
eigi brátt við sôttum.

Snjallir búendr hvartveggja telja mjǫk hátt orð, þaus angra fyrða allmjǫk, es seggir hittask. Þeir þegnar, es þræta allt í gegnum, láta eigi brátt við sôttum; ofrhugi svellr jǫfrum.

The brave farmers of both parties, when the men meet, speak very loudly words that offend peoplevery greatly. Those people who wrangle the whole way through accede not at all quickly to terms of settlement; rashness builds up in the kings.

texts: H-Hr 175, HSig 66 (III 141), Hkr 520 (III 141)

editions: Skj Halli stirði: Flokkr 4 (AI, 402; BI, 371); Skald I, 185; ÍF 28, 160-1 (HSig ch. 71), F 1871, 235, E 1916, 81-2; Fms 6, 332 (HSig ch. 88).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 567v, 11 - 567v, 18 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 28va, 34 - 28va, 34 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 50rb, 4 - 50rb, 7 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 23r, 20 - 23r, 22 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 287v, 8 - 287v, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 59r, 25 - 59r, 25 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 43rb, 35 - 43va, 35 (H-Hr)  image  
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