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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27 

SkP info: VIII, 351

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9 — Hróksv Hrkv 9VIII (Hálf 59)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 59 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 9)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 351.

Bað ekki hann í her
höptu* græta,
manns konu
mein at vinna.
Mey bað hann hverja
mundi kaupa,
fögru gulli,
at föður ráði.


He forbade [men] to make a female captive in the army weep nor to do harm to a man’s wife. He ordered every girl to be bought for a bride-price, for fine gold, with the consent of her father.

notes: According to Andrews (Hálf 1909, 22-3), this stanza represents an idealised romantic attitude towards women which never obtained in the Viking Age. However, similar legislation to improve the position of women is mentioned amongst King Fróði’s laws (Saxo 2015, I, v. 5. 3, pp. 316-17).

texts: Hálf 59

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 9 (AII, 266; BII, 288); Skald II, 151; Hálf 1864, 33, Hálf 1909, 123, FSGJ 2, 126, Hálf 1981, 192; Edd. Min. 45.


GKS 2845 4° (2845) 38r, 17 - 38r, 19 (Hálf)  transcr.  image  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated