Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 13 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 316.
The following stanza, spoken by some unknown voice, is a prophecy warning of imminent danger, but it is not clear to whom it is addressed. It comes near the end of a chapter of prose (Hálf 1981, 176) in which hostilities between Kings Hjǫrleifr and Hreiðarr are described. First Hreiðarr makes a night raid into Hjǫrleifr’s territory, during which Hreiðarr’s son Heri is killed, and escapes with a great deal of booty, apparently including Hjǫrleifr’s two wives, Æsa and Hildr. Hjǫrleifr retaliates with a night raid on Hreiðarr’s dwelling, where he is himself captured, though saved by Hildr. He then kills Hreiðarr and escapes, taking back his two wives.
stanza is preceded by the words: Þann en
sama aptan, er Hjörleifr kóngr kom, heyrði Hreiðarr kóngr kveðit … ‘On the
very evening, when King Hjǫrleifr came, King Hreiðarr heard a voice say …’.
notes: It is unclear to whom this stanza is addressed. While l. 1 speaks of Hreiðarr in the 3rd pers. and l. 2 addresses Hreiðarr’s enemies, who killed his son Heri, in the 2nd pers. pl., ll. 3-8 seem to be directed to Hreiðarr himself. These apparent inconsistencies explain the emendations from minntiz ‘[he] remembered’ (l. 1) and fellduð ‘you (pl.) slew’ (l. 2) by some eds in ll. 1-2 (cf. Hálf 1981, 116-17 for further detail).
texts: ‹Hálf 13›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga V (AII, 258; BII, 278); Skald II, 145-6; Hálf 1864, 13, Hálf 1909, 89, FSGJ 2, 105, Hálf 1981, 116-17, 176; Edd. Min. 92.