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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Signý Hálfdanardóttir (SigHálf)

volume 8; ed. †Desmond Slay;

VIII. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

not in Skj

Lausavísa — SigHálf LvVIII (Hrólf)

†Desmond Slay (forthcoming), ‘ Signý Hálfdanardóttir, Lausavísa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 26 January 2022)


SkP info: VIII, 541

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1 — SigHálf Lv 1VIII (Hrólf 1)

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Cite as: †Desmond Slay (ed.) 2017, ‘Hrólfs saga kraka 1 (Signý Hálfdanardóttir, Lausavísa 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 541.

Öll er orðin
ætt Skjöldunga
lofðungs lundar
at limum einum.
Bræðr ek mína
á berum sitja
en Sævils rekka
á söðluðum.


All the family of the Skjǫldungar, the princely trees <men>, have become branches only. My brothers I saw riding bareback, but Sævill’s men on saddled [horses].

context: On the way to visit her uncle King Fróði, who has killed her father King Hálfdan and suspects that her husband Sævill jarl must know the whereabouts of Hálfdan’s sons Hróarr and Helgi, the boys’ sister Signý reveals to Sævill in this stanza that the youths Hamr and Hrani in his retinue are in fact her brothers in disguise. The brothers, concealed under cowled cloaks as Hamr and Hrani, have been forbidden to accompany Sævill’s retinue (on saddled horses) to Fróði’s court. However, they seize unbroken colts and ride bareback behind the main party. Hrani’s (Hróarr’s) cowl falls from his face and Signý recognizes him immediately, bursts into tears, and utters this stanza.

texts: Hrólf 1

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 1. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hrólfs saga kraka 1 (Signý - AII, 230; BII, 250); Skald II, 130, NN §116; Hrólf 1960, 8-9; Edd. Min. 61.


AM 285 4°x (285x) 4r, 10 - 4r, 11 (Hrólf)  transcr.  
AM 9 folx (9x) 3v, 13 - 3v, 15 (Hrólf)  image  
AM 11 folx (11x) 4r - 4r (Hrólf)  
AM 109 a II 8°x (109a IIx) 215r - 215r (Hrólf)  image  
Holm papp 17 4°x (papp17x) 228r - 228r (Hrólf)  
AM 10 folx (10x) 2v, 23 - 2v, 25 (Hrólf)  image  
AM 922 4°x (922x) 20v, 8 - 20v, 11 (Hrólf)  
AM 922 4°x (922x) 21r, 8 - 21r, 11 (Hrólf)  
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