Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 68 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 18)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 357.
notes: [5-8]: The information that Hálfr was twelve years old when he began his viking career is in the prose text (Hálf 1981, ch. 5, 177, ll. 1-3). From a statement in the same chapter (Hálf 1981, ch. 5, 178, l. 33) that he carried on harrying for eighteen years (cf. Hálf 36/1-4), it can be deduced that he was thirty years old when he died. The age of twelve seems to have been regarded as traditionally the age of majority for Viking-Age rulers, like Óláfr Haraldsson (cf. Foote and Wilson 1980, 116).
texts: ‹Hálf 68›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 18 (AII, 267; BII, 290); Skald II, 152; Hálf 1864, 36-7, Hálf 1909, 127, FSGJ 2, 129, Hálf 1981, 194-5; Edd. Min. 47.