Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 8 (Marmennill, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 311.
|Sögu kann ek segja sonum Háleygja
vilgi góða, ef þér vilið heyra.
|Hér ferr sunnan Svarðar dóttir, |
um drifin dreyra, frá Danmörku.
Ek kann segja sonum Háleygja vilgi góða sögu, ef þér vilið heyra. Hér ferr dóttir Svarðar, um drifin dreyra, sunnan frá Danmörku.
I can tell the sons of the Háleygir a story [which is] by no means good, if you want to hear it. Here Svǫrðr’s daughter, drenched with blood, moves from the south from Denmark.
Mss: 2845(34r) (Hálf)
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IV 2: AII, 257, BII, 277, Skald II, 145; Hálf 1864, 10, Hálf 1909, 84, FSGJ 2, 102, Hálf 1981, 113-14, 174; Edd. Min. 91.
Context: The merman now speaks four prophetic stanzas with no intervening prose
warning that the Danish king Hreiðarr is preparing to take vengeance for the death
of his daughter Hringja, and that he will mount an attack on Hjǫrleifr’s hall,
from which Hjǫrleifr will escape and kill Hreiðarr’s son Heri with a spear. The
stanza is preceded by the words: En er þeir
reru þangat með hann, sem þeir höfðu
hann upp dregit, þá kvað hann … ‘And as
they rowed with him to the spot, where they had hauled him up, he said …’.
Notes:  sonum Háleygja ‘the sons of the Háleygir’: The pl. referent is used here, though the merman is in fact directing his remarks to Hjǫrleifr alone. Andrews (Hálf 1909, 84) comments on the fact that here Hjǫrleifr is linked with Háleygjaland (Hålogaland, a district in northern Norway), as is his son Hálfr in Hálf 56/6. —  dóttir Svarðar ‘Svǫrðr’s daughter’: The pers. n. Svǫrðr is otherwise unknown, but is likely to be the determinant of a kenning for a valkyrie or other female figure of war. Skj B substitutes Hǫgna ‘of Hǫgni’, thus producing a kenning for the valkyrie Hildr, whose name as a common noun also means ‘battle’. This emendation, though unjustified by the ms. and non-alliterating, fits with the merman’s apparent personification of Danish aggression moving from the south in the form of a warlike valkyrie or shield-maiden in Hálf 9/1-4 and again in Hálf 10/1-4. Andrews (Hálf 1909, 15-6, 84) attempts to show that an otherwise unknown pers. n. Svǫrðr might be a shortened, syncopated form of Sigvarðr/Sigurðr.