Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 37’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1045.
context: The heading is bálkarlag (‘Balkar lagr’) ‘section’s metre’ (cf. SnSt Ht 97, StarkSt Frag and TGT 1884, 68). In Ht, that metre is a regularised form of fornyrðislag with two alliterative staves in the odd lines. In Snorri’s variant, the main stave in the even lines falls on the initial syllable, and there is no anacrusis (so also in StarkSt Frag). In the present stanza, ll. 2 and 8 are Types B and C2 with anacrusis.
notes: Helgi is Helgi Hálfdanarson Fróðasonar, another legendary king of the Danish Skjǫldung dynasty and the grandson of Fróði who is commemorated in sts 35-6. He was the father of Hrólfr kraki (sts 47-8). See ÍF 26, 56-7, ÍF 35, 21-6, 37 and Saxo 2005, I, 2, 5, 2-7, pp. 158-63 (the latter confuses him with Helgi Hundingsbani, see Note to sts 9-10 [All]).
editions: Skj Rǫgnvaldr jarl og Hallr Þórarinsson: Háttalykill 19a (AI, 519; BI, 496); Skald I, 243; Hl 1941, 25, 67.