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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, 489-90

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8 — Hskv Útdr 8II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 8’ 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. 489-90.

Náði folk, þats flýði
ferð skundila undan,
— illr varð hreimr í helli —
heiðit konungr meiða.
Lífs bautt enn, þás unnuð,
aftíg, gamalt vígi,
— kvǫl beið ǫld í eldi
ósæl — djǫfuls þrælum.

Konungr náði meiða heiðit folk, þats flýði skundila undan ferð; illr hreimr varð í helli. Enn bautt þrælum djǫfuls {aftíg lífs}, þás unnuð gamalt vígi; ósæl ǫld beið kvǫl í eldi.

The king destroyed the heathen people who fled hastily away from the company; there was horrible clamour in the cavern. Again you offered the devil’s slaves {deprivation of life} [DEATH] when you captured the old stronghold; the unlucky crowd suffered torment in the fire.

texts: H-Hr 309, Mork 178

editions: Skj Haldórr skvaldri: 2. Útfarardrápa 8 (AI, 487; BI, 459); Skald I, 226; Mork 1867, 162, Mork 1928-32, 347, Andersson and Gade 2000, 319, 488-9 (Msona); Fms 7, 84 (Msona ch. 6).

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GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 25v, 46 - 25v, 46 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 95r, 31 - 95r, 31 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 65ra, 4 - 65ra, 4 (H-Hr)  image  
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