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Halldórr skvaldri (Hskv)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

2. Útfarardrápa (Útdr) - 12

Halldórr skvaldri (Hskv) is otherwise unknown. True to his nickname, skvaldri ‘Prattler’, Halldórr is said to have composed about numerous rulers and noblemen, but little of that poetry has been preserved. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 252, 254-5, 258, 260, 262-3, 267, 272, 276-7, 283), he commemorated the following persons: Sóni Ívarsson, jarl of Götaland (c. 1100), King Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson of Norway (d. 1103) and his sons, King Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ (d. 1130) and King Haraldr gilli(-kristr) ‘Servant (of Christ)’ (d. 1136), King Eiríkr eymuni ‘the Long-remembered’ of Denmark (d. 1137), the Swed. jarl Karl Sónason (c. 1140), King Sørkvir Kolsson of Sweden (c. 1150), King Ingi Haraldsson of Norway (d. 1161) and the Swed. jarl Jón Sørkvisson. See SnE 1848-87, III, 367-70. What survives of Halldórr’s poetic oeuvre are two poems about Sigurðr jórsalafari (Hskv Útkv, 1 st.; Hskv Útdr, 12 sts) one poem about Haraldr gilli (Hskv Hardr, 5 sts), and a fragment of an encomium (Hskv FragIII), which has been edited in SkP III.

Útfarardrápa (‘Drápa about the Journey Out’) — Hskv ÚtdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa’ 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. 483-92. <> (accessed 1 July 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12 

Skj: Haldórr skvaldri: 2. Útfarardrápa, o. 1120? (AI, 486-8, BI, 458-60); stanzas (if different): 12 | 13

SkP info: II, 484-5

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1 — Hskv Útdr 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 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. 484-5.

Ok fádýrir fóru
Fjǫlnis hróts at móti
— vígôsum hlóð vísi —
víkingar gram ríkjum.
Náði herr at hrjóða
— hlaut drengja vinr fengi
fyrðum hollr, þars fellat
fátt lið — galeiðr átta.

Ok fádýrir víkingar fóru at {móti {Fjǫlnis hróts}} ríkjum gram; vísi hlóð vígôsum. Herr náði at hrjóða átta galeiðr; {vinr drengja}, hollr fyrðum, hlaut fengi, þars fátt lið fellat.

And the ignoble vikings went to {the meeting {of Fjǫlnir’s <= Óðinn’s> roof}} [SHIELD > BATTLE] with the mighty monarch; the prince set up the protective plankings. The army was able to clear eight galleys; {the friend of the warriors} [= Sigurðr], devoted to the people, seized loot where not a few troops fell.

texts: H-Hr 300, Mork 172 [5-8], Msona 4 (III 188), Hkr 570 (III 188)

editions: Skj Haldórr skvaldri: 2. Útfarardrápa 1 (AI, 486; BI, 458); Skald I, 225, NN §§964, 2990C; ÍF 28, 241 (Msona ch. 4), F 1871, 282, E 1916, 131; Fms 7, 79 (Msona ch. 4); Mork 1867, 159, Mork 1928-32, 342, Andersson and Gade 2000, 316, 488 (Msona).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 608v, 11 - 608v, 18 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 36vb, 26 - 36vb, 26 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 60vb, 26 - 60vb, 29 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 37r, 33 - 37v, 1 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 317v, 26 - 317v, 33 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 17r, 22 - 17r, 22 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 94v, 17 - 94v, 17 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 64va, 17 - 64va, 17 (H-Hr)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 25r, 49 - 25r, 49 [5-8] (Mork)  image  image  image  
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