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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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, 352

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11 — Hróksv Hrkv 11VIII (Hálf 61)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 61 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 11)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 352.

Höfðum vér allir         inn efra hlut,
hvar sem Hildar …         hlífar knúði.
Einn vissa ek         jafnsnjallan gram,
Sigurð konung         at sölum Gjúka.

Vér höfðum allir inn efra hlut, hvar sem {… Hildar} knúði hlífar. Ek vissa einn jafnsnjallan gram, Sigurð konung at sölum Gjúka.

We all had the better share wherever {… of Hildr } [BATTLE?] struck shields. I knew only one prince to have been equally valiant, King Sigurðr at Gjúki’s halls.

Mss: 2845(38r) (Hálf)

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 11: AII, 266, BII, 288, Skald II, 151, NN §2383; Hálf 1864, 34, Hálf 1909, 124, FSGJ 2, 127, Hálf 1981, 134, 193; Edd. Min. 45-6.

Notes: [1-2] vér höfðum allir inn efra hlut ‘we all had the better share’: That is, ‘we all gained victory’. — [3-4]: The problem with these lines concerns the probable kenning that underlies them. Because hlíf (l. 4) itself means ‘shield’ it cannot be construed with Hildar (l. 3) to give a shield-kenning. Most eds have therefore supposed that another word, forming a kenning with Hildar ‘of Hildr’, must have dropped out of l. 3, even though there is no lacuna in the ms. The following suggestions have been made: Hálfr 1864: hvars Hildar él | Hálfr knúði (but this is unmetrical); Edd. Min.: hvar sem Hildar hlynr | hlífar knúði; Skj B: hvars Hildar él | hlífar knúði; Skald: hvar er Hildar hríð | hlífar knúði. The following kennings have been proposed: él Hildar ‘the storm of Hildr <valkyrie> [BATTLE]’; hlynr Hildar ‘the maple of Hildr <valkyrie> [WARRIOR]’ and hríð Hildar ‘the storm of Hildr <valkyrie> [BATTLE]’. A sword-kenning like ‘fire (eldr, bál) of Hildr’ is also a possibility. — [7-8] Sigurð konung at sölum Gjúka ‘King Sigurðr at Gjúki’s halls’: A reference to the legend of Sigurðr Fáfnisbani ‘Slayer of Fáfnir’ and his stay at the court of King Gjúki, where he formed a bond of blood-brotherhood with Gjúki’s son Gunnarr and wooed his daughter Guðrún, as told in Vǫls and several poems of the Poetic Edda. — [8] at sölum Gjúka ‘at Gjúki’s halls’: Cf. Gríp 43/4 (NK 170) í sǫlom Giúca ‘in Gjúki’s halls’.

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