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Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson (Innsteinn)

volume 8; ed. Hubert Seelow;

VIII. Innsteinskviða (Innkv) - 17

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Not published: do not cite (Innsteinn InnkvVIII (Hálf))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


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.

notes: [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.

texts: Hálf 37

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.


GKS 2845 4° (2845) 37r, 2 - 37r, 4 (Hálf)  transcr.  image  image  
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