Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 49’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1057.
context: The heading is ‘Half ɴefst’ (‘Halfnesst’ 683ˣ), i.e. hálfhnept ‘half-curtailed’ (SnSt Ht 77). However, only the odd lines are similar in Hl and in Ht: in Ht the even lines, too, could contain 5-7 syllables and have the second internal rhyme on the last syllable. The tetrasyllabic even lines in Hl correspond to the even lines in Ht 78 (alhnept ‘completely curtailed’).
notes: Hjálmarr is Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri ‘the Great-minded’, a Swedish legendary hero. He was killed in the battle of Sámsey against Angantýr Arngrímsson and his brothers (see Hjálm Lv 1-19VIII (Ǫrv 5-6, 9, 14-29), Heiðr ch. 3, FSGJ 2, 4-10; Ǫrv chs 14-15, FSGJ 2, 250-64).
editions: Skj Rǫgnvaldr jarl og Hallr Þórarinsson: Háttalykill 25a (AI, 521; BI, 499); Skald I, 245; Hl 1941, 27, 74.