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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson (Innsteinn)

volume 8; ed. Hubert Seelow;

VIII. Innsteinskviða (Innkv) - 17

not in Skj

Innsteinskviða — Innsteinn InnkvVIII (Hálf)

Not published: do not cite (Innsteinn InnkvVIII (Hálf))

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SkP info: VIII, 333

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17 — Innsteinn Innkv 17VIII (Hálf 37)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 37 (Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Innsteinskviða 17)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 333.

Hér mun Innsteinn         til jarðar hníga,
hoskr at höfði         hers oddvita.
Þat munu seggir         at sögum gjöra,
at Hálfr konungr         hlæjandi dó.

Hér mun Innsteinn hníga til jarðar, hoskr at höfði {oddvita hers}. Seggir munu gjöra þat at sögum, at Hálfr konungr dó hlæjandi.

Here Innsteinn will sink to the ground, prudent by the head {of the leader of the army} [KING = Hálfr]. Men will fashion it into tales that king Hálfr died laughing.

Mss: 2845(37r) (Hálf)

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga VII 9: AII, 262, BII, 283, Skald II, 148; Hálf 1864, 25, Hálf 1909, 111, FSGJ 2, 118, Hálf 1981, 126-7, 185; Edd. Min. 37.

Notes: [2] til jarðar ‘to the ground’: Most eds have emended the ms. reading. Skj B and Skald have at jǫrð, Hálf 1909 has jarðar; Edd. Min. retains the ms. reading but suggests in a footnote that for metrical reasons á jǫrð might be preferable. — [3] hoskr ‘prudent’: Most eds (Skj B; Skald; Hálf 1864; Hálf 1909; FSGJ; Edd. Min.) normalise the ms.’s hoskur to horskr, although the form hoskr is well-documented; see also Hálf 53/4. On the idea that both wisdom and courage were required traits of an early Germanic hero see Kaske (1958). — [4] oddvita hers ‘of the leader of the army [KING = Hálfr]’: Cf. Hálf 35/4 oddvita fólks ‘of the leader of the people [KING = Hálfr]’ and Note. — [5-8]: Innsteinn’s expressed awareness that people will turn the Hálfsrekkar’s heroic last stand into tales (at sögum) signals his recognition of Innkv’s place within the tradition of the hall fight (cf. Introduction to Innkv, part 1). The conceit that those tales will portray Hálfr as dying laughing is strongly reminiscent of the final line of Anon Krm 29/8 (see Note there) in which the dying Ragnarr loðbrók exclaims læjandi skal ek deyja ‘I’ll die laughing’. Another hero who dies laughing, as his heart is cut from his body, is Hǫgni in Akv 24/1.

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