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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, 481

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6 — Hókr Eirfl 6I

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Halldórr ókristni, Eiríksflokkr 6’ 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. 481.

Hét á heiptarnýta
hugreifr — með Ôleifi
aptr stǫkk þjóð of þoptur —
þengill sína drengi,
þás hafvita hǫfðu
hallands of gram snjallan
— varð fyr Vinða myrði
vápneiðr — lokit skeiðum.

Hugreifr þengill hét á heiptarnýta drengi sína — þjóð stǫkk aptr of þoptur með Ôleifi —, þás hǫfðu lokit skeiðum {hallands {hafvita}} of snjallan gram; {vápneiðr} varð fyr {myrði Vinða}.

The glad-hearted ruler [Eiríkr] called on his battle-worthy warriors — men sprang aft across the rowing-benches with Óláfr —, when they had enclosed the warships {of the diminisher {of the ocean-beacon}} [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN = Eiríkr] around the valiant lord [Óláfr]; {a weapon-oath} [BATTLE] took place before {the murderer of Wends} [= Eiríkr].

texts: Fsk 120, ÓT 186, ÓTC 61 (I 163), ÓTOdd 15 (14), Hkr 192 (I 163)

editions: Skj Haldórr ókristni: Eiríksflokkr 6 (AI, 204; BI, 194); Skald I, 102, NN §§687 anm., 1975, 1976; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 451-2, IV, 100, ÍF 26, 365 (ÓTHkr ch. 110), F 1871, 165; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 283-4 (ch. 255); Fsk 1902-3, 129-30 (ch. 22), ÍF 29, 158 (ch. 24); ÓTOdd 1932, 228-9, ÍF 25, 344.

sources

AM 35 folx (Kx) 214v, 15 - 214v, 22 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 36va, 19 - 36va, 22 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 133r, 21 - 133v, 4 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 116r, 11 - 116r, 18 (Hkr)  image  
AM 325 VIII 1 4° (325VIII 1) 5vb, 22 - 5vb, 25 (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 68vb, 10 - 68vb, 13 (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 65ra, 10 - 65ra, 14 (ÓT)  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 66rb, 4 - 66rb, 8 (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 101vb, 16 - 101vb, 20 (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 18 4° (Holm18) 53v, 17 - 53v, 19 (ÓTOdd)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 141, 12 - 141, 19 (Fsk)  image  
AM 310 4° (310) 91, 2 - 91, 5 (ÓTOdd)  image  
DG 4-7 (4-7) 1va, 37 - 1va, 40 (ÓTOdd)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 52r, 6 - 52r, 10 (Fsk)  
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