Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 70 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 20)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 359.
notes: [5-8]: The second helmingr of this stanza is difficult to understand without considerable emendation, and it lacks alliteration in ll. 5-6. The word allir ‘all’ in l. 6 shows that it is vocalic alliteration that is lacking, and so earlier eds have sought to emend muna ‘remember’ (l. 5) to una ‘be happy’ and allir ‘all’ to aldri ‘never’, giving the sense ‘we think that we shall never be happy again’. In the present edn, as in others (e.g. Skj B), the pl. number is taken to refer to Hrókr himself, since almost all the other Hálfsrekkar are dead. Bugge (Hálf 1864) and Skj B further emend the verb máttum ‘we were able’ in l. 7 to the negated máttuma ‘we were not able’ on grounds of sense, given that the cause of Hrókr’s sadness appears to be his inability to follow his loyal kinsmen. This edn has also adopted the emendation to máttuma.
texts: ‹Hálf 70›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 20 (AII, 268; BII, 290); Skald II, 152-3, NN §2384; Hálf 1864, 37, Hálf 1909, 128, FSGJ 2, 130, Hálf 1981, 135, 195; Edd. Min. 47.