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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 30 June 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, 487

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4 — Hskv Útdr 4II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 4’ 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. 487.

Út frák yðr, þars heitir
Alkasse, styr hvassan
folkþeysandi, fýsask
fjórða sinn at vinna.

{Folkþeysandi}, frák yðr fýsask at vinna hvassan styr fjórða sinn út, þars heitir Alkasse.

{Battle-advancer} [WARRIOR], I heard you were eager to engage in fierce fighting for the fourth time out near [the place] called Alcácer do Sal.

Mss: (609r), 39(37ra), F(61ra), E(37v), J2ˣ(318r), 42ˣ(17v) (Hkr); Mork(25v) (Mork); H(94v-95r), Hr(64vb) (H-Hr)

Readings: [2] Alkasse: Alkass í Mork, H, Hr    [3] ‑þeysandi: ‘‑þeyðande’ E

Editions: Skj: Haldórr skvaldri, 2. Útfarardrápa 4: AI, 486, BI, 458, Skald I, 225; ÍF 28, 243 (Msona ch. 5), F 1871, 282, E 1916, 131; Mork 1867, 161, Mork 1928-32, 344, Andersson and Gade 2000, 317, 488 (Msona); Fms 7, 80 (Msona ch. 5).

Context: Sigurðr fought a fourth battle and captured the city Alcácer do Sal.

Notes: [All]: In J2ˣ, E, 42ˣ, H and Hr, this and the next helmingr (st. 5) are given as one st. — [2] Alkasse ‘Alcácer do Sal’: Located at the end of Rio Sado, south of Lisbon, in present-day Portugal.

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