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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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, 356

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16 — Hróksv Hrkv 16VIII (Hálf 66)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 66 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 16)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 356.

Hvergi þótti ek
í því liði
opt aukvisi
ættar minnar.
Mik kváðu þeir
mann snarpastan,
þvíat hverr öðrum
hróðrs leitaði.


I was by no means often thought to be a degenerate [member] of my family in that troop. They called me the most dashing man, for each sought for praise for the other.

notes: [1-4]: Hrókr understates his considerable merits, ‘I was by no means often thought to be a degenerate member of my family’, i.e. ‘I was never thought a degenerate family member’. This statement probably reflects upon a semi-proverbial formula einn er aukvisi hverrar ættar ‘there is one degenerate in every family’ (cf. Fritzner: aukvisi).

texts: Hálf 66

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 16 (AII, 267; BII, 289); Skald II, 152, FF §30; Hálf 1864, 36, Hálf 1909, 126, FSGJ 2, 128-9, Hálf 1981, 194; Edd. Min. 46.


GKS 2845 4° (2845) 38v, 4 - 38v, 6 (Hálf)  transcr.  image  image  
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