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Runic Dictionary

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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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, 348

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5 — Hróksv Hrkv 5VIII (Hálf 55)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 55 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 348.

Hálf ek höggva
höndum báðum;
hafði ekki hilmir
hlífskjöld fyrir sér.
Finnr engi maðr,
þóat fari víða,
hæfra hjarta
ok hugprúðara.

 

I saw Hálfr strike with both hands; the prince did not have a protecting shield before himself. No man will find a braver and nobler heart, though he travel widely.

notes: [1-4]: The statement that Hálfr made no use of a shield and struck with both hands indicates his boldness bordering on foolhardiness (cf. the criticism parried in st. 56) in giving up the protection of a shield in order to wield his sword with both hands.

texts: Hálf 55

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 5 (AII, 265; BII, 287); Skald II, 151; Hálf 1864, 32, Hálf 1909, 121, FSGJ 2, 125, Hálf 1981, 191; Edd. Min. 45.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 38r, 10 - 38r, 12 (Hálf)  transcr.  image  image  
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