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.
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.