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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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, 349

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6 — Hróksv Hrkv 6VIII (Hálf 56)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 56 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 349.

Mæla virðar,
þeir er vitu ekki,
at Hálfs frami
heimsku sætti.
Kann ekki
konung háleyskan,
er heimsku þrótt
honum eignaði.

 

Those men, who do not know, say that Hálfr’s courage amounted to foolishness. He does not know the king from Hålogaland, who ascribed the valour of foolishness to him.

notes: Cf. this justification of Hálfr’s behaviour and his insistence on visiting Ásmundr when warned against it with Innsteinn’s criticism in Hálf 18. Hálfr’s valour of foolishness (þrótt heimsku) can be compared with the ofermod or reckless courage of other heroic leaders, e.g. the Anglo-Saxon ealdormann Byrhtnoð in the Old English poem The Battle of Maldon, l. 89 (Gordon 1937, 49).

texts: Hálf 56

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 6 (AII, 265; BII, 287); Skald II, 151; Hálf 1864, 32-3, Hálf 1909, 122, FSGJ 2, 125, Hálf 1981, 133, 191-2; Edd. Min. 45.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 38r, 12 - 38r, 13 (Hálf)  transcr.  image  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated