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Halldórr ókristni (Hókr)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Eiríksflokkr (Eirfl) - 8

Nothing is known about Halldórr ókristni ‘the Un-Christian’ (Hókr) aside from the fact that, according to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 257, 266, 280), he was one of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson’s poets. His nickname indicates that he must have been reluctant to convert to Christianity, and it is not surprising that he is connected with the court of the jarls of Hlaðir (Lade), given that Eiríkr’s father, Hákon jarl Sigurðarson, was the last heathen ruler of Norway. The eight stanzas below are what remain of Halldórr’s poetic oeuvre, and they show that he was well versed in myth and heroic legend and, in particular, that he was familiar with the poetry of earlier and contemporary skalds. In Skj, Finnur Jónsson gives his ethnicity as Icelandic, but that cannot be ascertained.

Eiríksflokkr (‘Flokkr about Eiríkr’) — Hókr EirflI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘ Halldórr ókristni, Eiríksflokkr’ 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. 469. <> (accessed 16 May 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 

Skj: Haldórr ókristni: Eiríksflokkr, o. 1010 (AI, 202-4, BI, 193-5)

SkP info: I, 471

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1 — Hókr Eirfl 1I

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Út bauð jǫfra hneitir
élmóðr af Svíþjóðu
(sunnr hélt gramr til gunnar)
gunnbliks liði miklu;
hverr vildi þá (hildar)
hrægeitunga feitir
(már fekk) á sæ (sára
sylg) Eiríki fylgja.

texts: Flat 324, ÓT 154, ÓTC 51 (I 154), Hkr 182 (I 154)

editions: Skj Haldórr ókristni: Eiríksflokkr 1 (AI, 202; BI, 193); Skald I, 101, NN §§554, 1853B; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 431, IV, 95, ÍF 26, 350 (ÓTHkr ch. 98), F 1871, 158; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 247-8 (ch. 245), Flat 1860-8, I, 473.


AM 35 folx (Kx) 206r, 10 - 206r, 17 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 35ra, 27 - 35ra, 30 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 127r, 11 - 127r, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 111v, 24 - 111v, 31 (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 65vb, 37 - 66ra, 2 (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 62vb, 22 - 62vb, 25 (ÓT)  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 61rb, 17 - 61rb, 19 [3-8] (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 96vb, 32 - 96vb, 34 [3-8] (ÓT)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 63rb, 1 - 63rb, 4 (ÓT)  image  image  image  
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