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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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 sá         konung háleyskan,
er heimsku þrótt         honum eignaði.

Virðar, þeir er vitu ekki, mæla, at frami Hálfs sætti heimsku. Sá kann ekki háleyskan konung, er eignaði honum þrótt heimsku.

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.

Mss: 2845(38r) (Hálf)

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.

Notes: [All]: 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). — [6] háleyskan ‘from Hålogaland’: Some eds (Hálf 1864; Edd. Min.; Hálf 1909; FSGJ) print háleygskan. The adj. háleyskr ‘from Hålogaland’ may be used here as a synonym for ‘Norwegian, from Norway’. Hálfr’s and his champions’ associations with Hålogaland are also referred to in Hálf 8/2, though their precise connection with this part of northern Norway is unclear.

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