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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, 488

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6 — Hskv Útdr 6II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 6’ 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. 488.

Treystuzk egg fyr austan
— yðr tjóði goð — rjóða
(náskári fló nýra)
Nǫrvasund (til unda).


You dared to redden the sword-edge east of the Straits of Gibraltar; God favoured you; {the corpse-gull} [RAVEN/EAGLE] flew to fresh wounds.

context: Sigurðr engaged in a naval battle in the Straits of Gibraltar.

notes: The prose texts are not very specific about Sigurðr’s adversaries. Hkr (ÍF 28, 244) calls them víkingaherr mikill ‘a large army of vikings’ (so also H-Hr, Fms 7, 81), and Mork (1928-32, 345) says that he fought against an army of heathen people (heʀ heiþiɴa manna; so also Fsk, ÍF 29, 316).

texts: H-Hr 305, Mork 177, Msona 9 (III 193), Hkr 575 (III 193)

editions: Skj Haldórr skvaldri: 2. Útfarardrápa 6 (AI, 487; BI, 459); Skald I, 226; ÍF 28, 244 (Msona ch. 6), F 1871, 283, E 1916, 131; Mork 1867, 161, Mork 1928-32, 345, Andersson and Gade 2000, 318, 488 (Msona); Fms 7, 81 (Msona ch. 5).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 609v, 6 - 609v, 9 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 37ra, 17 - 37ra, 17 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 61ra, 14 - 61ra, 15 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 37v, 16 - 37v, 17 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 318v, 5 - 318v, 8 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 17v, 30 - 17v, 30 (Hkr)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 25v, 26 - 25v, 26 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 95r, 5 - 95r, 5 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 64vb, 8 - 64vb, 8 (H-Hr)  image  
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