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Hrókr inn svarti (Hróksv)

volume 8; ed. Hubert Seelow;

VIII. Hrókskviða (Hrkv) - 27

Hrókskviða — Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf)

Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))

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SkP info: VIII, 346

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2 — Hróksv Hrkv 2VIII (Hálf 52)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 52 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 346.

Vildi engi
við Vifil jafnaz,
þó at Hámundar
hjarðar gætti.
ek öngan þar
svínahirði
huglausara
en Heðins arfa.

 

No one would want to compare himself with Vifill, even though he tended Hámundr’s livestock. There I did not see any swineherd more faint-hearted than {the heir of Heðinn}. [= Vifill]

notes: The clear implication of this refusal to compare man with man is that Vifill is so far beneath the normal standards that warriors must measure up to that even swineherds would show greater courage. Implicit here also is the notion that people not of the warrior class in early Scandinavia could not possess noble qualities.

texts: Hálf 52

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 2 (AII, 265; BII, 286-7); Skald II, 150; Hálf 1864, 31, Hálf 1909, 120, FSGJ 2, 124, Hálf 1981, 133, 190-1; Edd. Min. 44.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 38r, 4 - 38r, 6 (Hálf)  transcr.  image  image  
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