Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1012.
notes: The metre is not named (titulus deest ‘the heading is missing’), but it is dróttkvætt ‘court metre’ and the stanza is incomplete and beyond reconstruction. Dróttkvætt is the commonest skaldic metre (see Section 4 of the General Introduction in SkP I). — This and the next stanza commemorate the deeds and death of the legendary hero Hǫgni Gjúkason (Hagen of the Nibelungenlied; see SnE 1998, I, 47-9; NK 240-63; Vǫls chs 38-9; Norn; Akv; Am). According to Norse legend, Hǫgni was the brother of Gunnarr Gjúkason, the hero eulogised in sts 7-8 below. At the instigation of their sister, Guðrún, Atli Buðlason, their brother-in-law, invited them to his home and attempted to force them to reveal the location of the Niflung treasure, which they refused to do. The brothers were captured after fierce fighting, and when they yet again refused to disclose the location of the treasure, Atli had Hǫgni’s heart cut out of his living body, and Gunnarr was thrown into a snake-pit where he eventually died (see st. 8 below). — : For this line, see also ÞjóðA Sex 7/8II and Stúfr Stúfdr 3/6II.
editions: Skj Rǫgnvaldr jarl og Hallr Þórarinsson: Háttalykill 3a (AI, 513; BI, 488); Skald I, 239; Hl 1941, 34, 39-40.