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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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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, 492

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12 — Hskv Útdr 12II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 12’ 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, p. 492.

Orkið, Ála serkjar
élfestir, þrek mestum;
ætt berr grams of grimma
gagnprúðr Sigurðr magni.

 

You perform, {strengthener {of the storm {of Áli’s shirt}}}, [(lit. ‘storm-strengthener of Áli’s shirt’) BYRNIE > BATTLE > WARRIOR] the greatest deed of courage; victory-splendid Sigurðr overwhelms the fierce family of the ruler.

context: The helmingr is given as an example of soloecismus as defined by Donatus, that is, the change of grammatical number for the same subject (2nd pers. pl. in the first couplet, and 3rd pers. sg. in the second).

texts: TGT 32, Gramm 34

editions: Skj Haldórr skvaldri: 2. Útfarardrápa 13 (AI, 488; BI, 460); Skald I, 226; SnE 1848-87, II, 118, 411, TGT 1884, 78, 188-9, TGT 1927, 53, 97.

sources

AM 748 I b 4° (A) 4v, 25 - 4v, 26 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 103, 21 - 103, 22 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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