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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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, 350

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7 — Hróksv Hrkv 7VIII (Hálf 57)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 57 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 350.

Bað hann ekki við dauða
drengi kvíða,
ekki mæla.
Engi skyldi
jöfri fylgja,
nema forlögum
fylkis heldi.


He bade the young warriors not to be apprehensive of death, nor to utter any word of fear. No one was to follow the prince, unless he shared the leader’s fate.

notes: With this stanza begins a list of the various rules and ethical standards King Hálfr expected of the Hálfsrekkar. It corresponds roughly to ch. 5 of the prose text (Hálf 1981, 178) that precedes the account of Hálfr’s last stand. Other bands of warriors said to have lived by sets of rules laid down by their leader include the Jómsvíkingar (Jvs 1962, 17-18 and n. 3) and the Danes under Fróði III, according to Book V of Saxo’s Gesta Danorum (Saxo 2015, I, v. 5. 1-6, pp. 314-19) as well as under Knútr Sveinsson (Saxo 2015, I, x. 18. 2-6, pp. 752-7 and see n. 90 on pp. 754-5). — [7-8]: The expression at halda forlögum e-s ‘share the fate of sby’ does not occur elsewhere; see LP: forlǫg and note to forlǫg in Hálf 1909.

texts: Hálf 57

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 7 (AII, 266; BII, 287-8); Skald II, 151; Hálf 1864, 33, Hálf 1909, 122, FSGJ 2, 126, Hálf 1981, 133, 192; Edd. Min. 45.


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