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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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 

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

SkP info: I, 479

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5 — Hókr Eirfl 5I

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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).

Hykkat vægð at vígi,
vann drótt jǫfur sóttan,
(fjǫrð komt) jarl (at jǫrðu)
ógnharðan, sik spǫrðu,
þás (fjarðmývils) fœrðuð
folkharðr á trǫð Barða
(lítt vas Sifjar sóti
svangr) við Orm enn langa.

texts: Flat 351, Fsk 118, ÓT 184, ÓTOdd 13 (12)

editions: Skj Haldórr ókristni: Eiríksflokkr 5 (AI, 203-4; BI, 194); Skald I, 102, NN §§557, 558, 1953A, 2921; Fsk 1902-3, 128 (ch. 22), ÍF 29, 156 (ch. 24); ÓTOdd 1932, 223, ÍF 25, 338-9; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 282 (ch. 255), Flat 1860-8, I, 490.

sources

AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 139, 15 - 139, 22 (Fsk)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 18 4° (Holm18) 53r, 18 - 53r, 20 (ÓTOdd)  image  
AM 310 4° (310) 89, 19 - 89, 21 (ÓTOdd)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 68va, 27 - 68va, 29 (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 66ra, 13 - 66ra, 17 (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 101va, 26 - 101va, 30 (ÓT)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 65rb, 59 - 65va, 3 (ÓT)  image  image  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 51v, 1 - 51v, 5 (Fsk)  transcr.  image  
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