Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Halldórr skvaldri (Hskv)

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

1. Útfararkviða (Útkv) - 1

Skj info: Haldórr skvaldri, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 485-9, BI, 457-61).

Skj poems:
1. Útfararkviða
2. Útfarardrápa
3. Haraldsdrápa

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.

Útfararkviða (‘Poem about the Journey Out’) — Hskv ÚtkvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Halldórr skvaldri, Útfararkviða’ 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. 482-3.


Skj: Haldórr skvaldri: 1. Útfararkviða, o. 1120 (AI, 485, BI, 457); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 482-3

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1 — Hskv Útkv 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfararkviða 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. 482-3.

Varð fyr stafni        styrjargjǫrnum
friðraskaði        Forminterra.
Þar varð eggjar        ok eld þola
blámanna lið,        áðr bana fengi.

Forminterra varð fyr stafni {styrjargjǫrnum friðraskaði}. Þar varð lið blámanna þola eggjar ok eld, áðr fengi bana.

Formentera appeared before the prow {of the battle-eager peace-disturber} [WARRIOR]. There the troop of dark men had to suffer sword-blades and fire before they met death.

texts: H-Hr 308, Msona 10 (III 194), Hkr 576 (III 194)

editions: Skj Haldórr skvaldri: 1. Útfararkviða (AI, 485; BI, 457); Skald I, 225; ÍF 28, 245 (Msona ch. 6), F 1871, 284, E 1916, 132; Fms 7, 83-4 (Msona ch. 6).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 610r, 25 - 610v, 3 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 37rb, 12 - 37rb, 12 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 61rb, 2 - 61rb, 4 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 37v, 34 - 38r, 2 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 319r, 3 - 319r, 10 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 18r, 21 - 18r, 21 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 95r, 29 - 95r, 29 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 65ra, 1 - 65ra, 1 (H-Hr)  image  
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