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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Not published: do not cite (Hróksv HrkvVIII (Hálf))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, 362

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25 — Hróksv Hrkv 25VIII (Hálf 75)

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Cite as: Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 75 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 25)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 362.

Ván væri mér
vitra manna,
snarpra seggja,
ef vér saman ættum,
því at ek fann ekki mey
hvergi landa
en Haka dóttur.


I would expect wise people, smart men, if we had offspring together, for I did not find a more intelligent girl in any country than {the daughter of Haki}. [= Brynhildr]

notes: Hrókr’s expectation of wise and smart descendants from a marriage with Brynhildr is doubtless to be understood in the light of the intelligence conveyed in the saga prose (Hálf 1981, ch. 11, 197, ll. 11-13) that dóttir Hróks ins svarta ok Brynhildar var Gunnlǫð, móðir Hrómundar Gripssonar ‘the daughter of Hrókr the Black and Brynhildr was Gunnlǫð, the mother of Hrómundr Gripsson’. Hrómundr Gripsson is mentioned in a number of Old Icelandic texts (for details, see Hálf 1909, 131-2 n. 19) and was the subject of a saga, now lost in its medieval form, which was performed at a wedding at Reykjahólar in 1119 (Brown 1952, 18). According to Anon Mhkv 7/4III, Hrómundr þótti garpr ok slœgr ‘Hrómundr seemed bold and cunning’. — [5]: As it stands, this line is unmetrical, though it could be emended to give a metrical line (e.g. þvít mey fannkat or þvít mey fannk ei).

texts: Hálf 75

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IX 25 (AII, 268; BII, 291); Skald II, 153; Hálf 1864, 39, Hálf 1909, 130, FSGJ 2, 131, Hálf 1981, 196; Edd. Min. 48.


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