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Hálfr Hjǫrleifsson (Hálfr)

volume 8; ed. Hubert Seelow;

VIII. Innsteinskviða (Innkv) - 6

Innsteinskviða — Hálfr InnkvVIII (Hálf)

Not published: do not cite (Hálfr InnkvVIII (Hálf))

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6 

SkP info: VIII, 324

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6 — Hálfr Innkv 6VIII (Hálf 25)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 25 (Hálfr Hjǫrleifsson, Innsteinskviða 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 324.

Fulllangt er sjá
fíflskapr talaðr;
vera kveð ek ekki
undir slíku.
Seg þú öngva,
svá at heyri,
drauma þína
í degi síðan.


This foolish talk has been going on for too long; I say there is nothing in such talk. Do not tell any of your dreams in an audible manner later this day.

context: This stanza is introduced by the words: kóngr kvað ‘the king said’.

notes: Hálfr’s mistrust and dismissal of Innsteinn’s foreboding dreams must surely make him appear reckless in an Old Norse tradition in which prophetic dreams were regarded as important indicators of events to come (see, among others, Turville-Petre 1972b). This inference is confirmed correct by Innsteinn’s generous suggestion below, (Hálf 26/7-8), that the warriors should absolve Hálfr from any blame for his words.

texts: Hálf 25

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga VI 12 (AII, 260; BII, 281); Skald II, 147, NN §3188; Hálf 1864, 20, Hálf 1909, 105, FSGJ 2, 113, Hálf 1981, 118, 182; Edd. Min. 35­.


GKS 2845 4° (2845) 36r, 15 - 36r, 16 (Hálf)  transcr.  image  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated