Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hallr Þórarinsson breiðmaga (Hbreiðm)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Judith Jesch;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Hallr Þórarinsson breiðmaga, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 528, BI, 508-9).

Skj poems:

Hallr (Hbreiðm), son of a certain Þórarinn breiðmagi ‘Broad-belly’, is said in Orkn to have arrived in Orkney on an Icel. ship (ÍF 34, 182). Neither father nor son is mentioned elsewhere, though it has been speculated that they were related to Ari Þorgilsson’s foster-father Hallr Þórarinsson of Haukadalur, or that they belonged to the Síðumenn, one of whom was called breiðmagi, and who were related to the jarls of Orkney (Hl 1941, 5, 143). Soon after this episode, Orkn says that Hallr and Rǫgnvaldr composed Háttalykill (RvHbreiðm HlIII) together (ÍF 34, 185).

Lausavísa — Hbreiðm LvII

Judith Jesch 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Hallr Þórarinsson breiðmaga, Lausavísa’ 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. 610-11.


Skj: Hallr Þórarinsson breiðmaga: Lausavísa, 1145 (AI, 528, BI, 508-9); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 610-11

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1 — Hbreiðm Lv 1II

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Cite as: Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Hallr Þórarinsson breiðmaga, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 610-11.

Sendak son þinn, Ragna,
— sǫnn koma môl fyr bragna —
— hans vas hôlig iðja —
hirðvistar mér biðja.
Hafa kvezk hodda rýrir,
hinns mestum veg stýrir,
— neitti grúpans granna —
gnótt vígligri manna.


I sent your son, Ragna, to request residence at court for me; true tales come before men; his attempt was noble. {The diminisher of hoards}, [GENEROUS MAN = Rǫgnvaldr] who possesses very great honour, said that he had plenty of men more warlike; he refused the neighbour of the sausage [= Icelander].

context: Arrived in Orkney, Hallr stayed on North Ronaldsay at first, but not enjoying himself there he asked his host Þorsteinn Rǫgnuson to help get him a place at Rǫgnvaldr’s court. The st. is spoken by Hallr on their return to North Ronaldsay in response to a question from Þorsteinn’s mother Ragna about their journey.

notes: Ragna subsequently persuaded Rǫgnvaldr to accept Hallr by wearing an extraordinary headdress (see Rv Lv 6), and later Rǫgnvaldr and Hallr composed Háttalykill (RvHbreiðm HlIII) together. — Like the otherwise unrelated Árm Lv 3, this st. is in the hexasyllabic variant of in minzta runhenda (SnSt Ht 88III, SnE 1999, 35-6). RvHbreiðm Hl 21III appears to be in the same metre; there are several other examples of runhent metre in that poem, though not all composed in hexasyllabic ll.

texts: Flat 688, Orkn 42

editions: Skj Hallr Þórarinsson breiðmaga: Lausavísa (AI, 528; BI, 508-9); Skald I, 249; Flat 1860-8, II, 468, Orkn 1887, 139-40, Orkn 1913-16, 204, ÍF 34, 183-4 (ch. 81), Bibire 1988, 228.


GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 138vb, 17 - 138vb, 19 (Orkn)  transcr.  image  image  image  
UppsUB R 702x (R702x) 42r, 22 - 42r, 25 (Orkn)  transcr.  image  
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