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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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

Ek þótti hvergi opt aukvisi ættar minnar í því liði. Þeir kváðu mik snarpastan mann, þvíat hverr leitaði öðrum hróðrs.

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.

Mss: 2845(38v) (Hálf)

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.

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). — [3] aukvisi ‘a degenerate’: The ms. reads ‘audkuisi’, denoting an alternative form of the noun aukvisi, auðkvisi ‘degenerate, weakling’. On the etymology, see Falk (1928b, 341-2) and AEW: aukvisa/aukvisi. — [7-8] þvíat hverr leitaði öðrum hróðrs ‘for each sought for praise for the other’: I.e. ‘each [member of Hrókr’s family] sought to praise the other’, meaning that they were generous towards each other and not jealous of each other’s reputation.

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