This interface will soon cease to be publicly available. Use the new interface instead. Click here to switch over now.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas

login: password: stay logged in: help

Hallvarðr háreksblesi (Hallv)

11th century; volume 3; ed. Matthew Townend;

Knútsdrápa (Knútdr) - 8

Hallvarðr (Hallv) is an obscure figure, and the poem edited here is his only extant work. In Skáldatal he is listed once, amongst Knútr Sveinsson’s (r. 1018-35) poets (SnE 1848-87, III, 258, 267, 282), and he also appears to be mentioned only once in saga-sources, namely in Tómasskinna’s account of Knútr’s attempt to recruit Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld to his service (ÓH 1941, II, 803): Þormodr þackade honum fyrer bodit. enn kuozt eigi fær til ath ganga j stad haufud skalldanna er uerit haufdu med Knuti konungi. Þorarins loftungu eda Halluardz eda Ottars eda Sighuatz ‘Þormóðr thanked him for the invitation, but he said he was not able to take the place of the chief poets who had been with King Knútr: Þórarinn loftunga or Hallvarðr or Óttarr or Sigvatr’. The significance of Hallvarðr’s nickname, which is attributed to him in ÓH (ÓH 1941, I, 477), Hkr (ÍF 27, 311) and Knýtl (ÍF 35, 103), is unclear: blesi means ‘blaze (on a horse’s head)’ and the word occurs mostly as a masculine nickname, but who Hárekr was, and why Hallvarðr should be ‘Hárekr’s blaze’, is unknown (see Finnur Jónsson 1907, 170, 198 and Lind 1920-1, col. 136).

Knútsdrápa (‘Drápa about Knútr’) — Hallv KnútdrIII

Matthew Townend 2017, ‘ Hallvarðr háreksblesi, Knútsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 230. <> (accessed 20 May 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 

Skj: Hallvarðr háreksblesi: Knútsdrápa (AI, 317-18, BI, 293-4); stanzas (if different): 4 | 5

SkP info: III, 238

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

7 — Hallv Knútdr 7III

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Matthew Townend (ed.) 2017, ‘Hallvarðr háreksblesi, Knútsdrápa 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 238.

Esat und jarðar hǫslu
— orðbrjótr Dǫnum forðar
moldreks — munka valdi
mæringr an þú nærri.

Esat mæringr und {hǫslu jarðar} nærri {valdi munka} an þú; {{{moldreks} orð}brjótr} forðar Dǫnum.

There is not a prince under {the hazel of the earth} [= Yggdrasill] closer to {the ruler of monks} [= God] than you; {the breaker {of the speech {of the soil-ruler}}} [(lit. ‘speech-breaker of the soil-ruler’) GIANT > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] protects Danes.

texts: Skm 392, SnE 394

editions: Skj Hallvarðr háreksblesi: Knútsdrápa 7 (AI, 318; BI, 294); Skald I, 150; SnE 1848-87, I, 516-17, II, 546, 605, III, 108,  SnE 1931, 180, SnE 1998, I, 101; Frank 1994b, 120-1, Jesch 2000, 248.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 39r, 25 - 39r, 26 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 41r, 7 - 41r, 7 (SnE)  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 47r - 47r (SnE)  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 8v, 16 - 8v, 18 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 7r, 14 - 7r, 15 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated