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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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.
Sá ek öngan þar         svínahirði
huglausara         en Heðins arfa.

Engi vildi jafnaz við Vifil, þó at gætti hjarðar Hámundar. Þar sá ek öngan svínahirði huglausara en {arfa Heðins}.

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].

Mss: 2845(38r) (Hálf)

Readings: [7] huglausara: huglausari 2845

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.

Notes: [All]: 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. — [2] Vifil ‘Vifill’: According to the prose text (Hálf 1981, 190), Vifill was the son of Heðinn, a jarl of King Haki, and is referred to by his patronymic in l. 8. The name Vifill, etymologically ‘Beetle’ (AEW: Vifill) appears in other Old Norse texts (see Hrólf 3/1) while Heðinn is elsewhere the name of a legendary hero (see Bragi Rdr 10/6III and Note 1). The prose text indicates that Vifill had sought the hand of Brynhildr and that she had been promised to him before Hrókr’s identity and superior claim had been established. — [7] huglausara ‘more faint-hearted’: Most earlier eds, with the exception of Skj B and Hálf 1981, have normalised the ms. reading to the earlier form of the comp. m. adj. ending in -a. Forms of the comp. m. adj. ending in -i are generally found in texts later than 1250-1300 (cf. ANG §435 Anm. 1).

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