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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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, 359

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21 — Hróksv Hrkv 21VIII (Hálf 71)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 71 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 359.

Alls mundi mér         angrs léttara,
ef ek Hálfs konungs         hefna mættak,
svá at Ásmundi         eggfránum hjör,
bana baugbrjóts,         brjóst rauf*aðak.

Mér mundi léttara alls angrs, ef ek mættak hefna Hálfs konungs, svá at rauf*aðak brjóst Ásmundi, bana {baugbrjóts}, eggfránum hjör.

I would be eased of all grief, if I could avenge King Hálfr, so that I would pierce the breast of Ásmundr, slayer {of the ring-breaker} [GENEROUS RULER = Hálfr], with a sharp-edged sword.

Mss: 2845(38v) (Hálf)

Readings: [3] Hálfs: hálf 2845    [6] eggfránum: egg fránan 2845    [7] baugbrjóts: baug spjót 2845    [8] rauf*aðak: ‘rraufgadag’ 2845

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 21: AII, 268, BII, 290, Skald II, 153; Hálf 1864, 37-8, Hálf 1909, 128-9, FSGJ 2, 130, Hálf 1981, 135, 195; Edd. Min. 47.

Notes: [1-2] mér mundi léttara alls angrs ‘I would be eased of all grief’: Lit. ‘to me it would be lighter in respect of all grief’. — [6] eggfránum ‘sharp-edged’: The ms. reading cannot be correct, as the context requires a dat. instr.; this cpd adj. occurs also in Þórðh Lv 10/4V (Þórð 10), again collocated with hjǫrr ‘sword’. — [7] baugbrjóts ‘of the ring-breaker [GENEROUS RULER = Hálfr]’: The element baug- ‘ring’ does not normally occur with terms for ‘spear’; baugbrjótr ‘ring-breaker’ is a common kenning for ‘man’ (see Meissner 330-1) and cf. Hálf 33/7 baugbroti ‘ring-breaker’. This emendation was first suggested by Bugge (Hálf 1864) and has been followed by all subsequent eds.

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