Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 65 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 15)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 355.
|Valr ok Haukr í víkingu,
báðir fræknir buðlungs vinir.
|Fáir mundu þeim fylkis rekkum |
hæfir þykkja ór Hakaveldi.
Valr ok Haukr í víkingu, báðir fræknir vinir buðlungs. Fáir ór Hakaveldi mundu þykkja hæfir þeim rekkum fylkis.
Valr and Haukr on a viking expedition, both valiant friends of the king. Few from Haki’s realm would seem to match these champions of the prince.
Mss: 2845(38v) (Hálf)
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 15: AII, 267, BII, 289, Skald II, 152; Hálf 1864, 35, Hálf 1909, 126, FSGJ 2, 128, Hálf 1981, 134, 194; Edd. Min. 46.
Notes: [All]: There is no finite verb in the first helmingr. —  Valr ok Haukr ‘Valr and Haukr’: Their names mean ‘Falcon’ and ‘Hawk’ respectively, thus denoting their bravery; cf. Note to Hálf 29/1. They are named as brothers in the prose text (Hálf 1981, ch. 5, 177, ll. 16-17). —  hæfir ‘to match’: From the adj. hæfr ‘fit, proper, useful’. Hálf 1864 and later eds emend to hæfri ‘braver [than]’. —  Hakaveldi ‘Haki’s realm’: Similar to such compounds as Danaveldi ‘the realm of the Danes’ (cf. ÞjóðA Magn 12/4III and Note), although defined in this instance by the control over territory of one man rather than an ethnic group, the term Hakaveldi refers to the realm controlled by King Haki, who is said in the prose text of Hálf to rule over the province of Skåne, which was part of greater Denmark in the Middle Ages.