Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Halldórr skvaldri (Hskv)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

1. Útfararkviða (Útkv) - 1

Skj info: Haldórr skvaldri, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 485-9, BI, 457-61).

Skj poems:
1. Útfararkviða
2. Útfarardrápa
3. Haraldsdrápa

Halldórr skvaldri (Hskv) is otherwise unknown. True to his nickname, skvaldri ‘Prattler’, Halldórr is said to have composed about numerous rulers and noblemen, but little of that poetry has been preserved. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 252, 254-5, 258, 260, 262-3, 267, 272, 276-7, 283), he commemorated the following persons: Sóni Ívarsson, jarl of Götaland (c. 1100), King Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson of Norway (d. 1103) and his sons, King Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ (d. 1130) and King Haraldr gilli(-kristr) ‘Servant (of Christ)’ (d. 1136), King Eiríkr eymuni ‘the Long-remembered’ of Denmark (d. 1137), the Swed. jarl Karl Sónason (c. 1140), King Sørkvir Kolsson of Sweden (c. 1150), King Ingi Haraldsson of Norway (d. 1161) and the Swed. jarl Jón Sørkvisson. See SnE 1848-87, III, 367-70. What survives of Halldórr’s poetic oeuvre are two poems about Sigurðr jórsalafari (Hskv Útkv, 1 st.; Hskv Útdr, 12 sts) one poem about Haraldr gilli (Hskv Hardr, 5 sts), and a fragment of an encomium (Hskv FragIII), which has been edited in SkP III.

Útfararkviða (‘Poem about the Journey Out’) — Hskv ÚtkvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Halldórr skvaldri, Útfararkviða’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 482-3.


Skj: Haldórr skvaldri: 1. Útfararkviða, o. 1120 (AI, 485, BI, 457); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: H-Hr, Hkr, Msona

SkP info: II, 482-3

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One st. remains of this poem in fornyrðislag, Útfararkviða ‘Poem about the Journey Out’ (Hskv Útkv), about Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon’s expedition to Palestine and Byzantium (c. 1108-11). It is recorded in all mss of MsonaHkr (, 39, F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ) and in MsonaH-Hr (H, Hr). The poet is identified in Hkr, but the name of the poem is not given, and Útfararkviða is Finnur Jónsson’s construct. Fidjestøl (1982, 157) suggests that the st. originally belonged to Þórarinn stuttfeldr’s Stuttfeldardrápa (Þstf Stuttdr) in tøglag metre. However, even though there are occurrences of internal rhyme in the st., the rhymes in the even ll. are not sufficiently regular to warrant such an attribution. In 761bˣ (AM 761 b 4°ˣ at 438v) Árni Magnússon included the st. in Þórarinn’s poem but bracketted it and added an attribution to Halldórr in the left margin. For other poetry describing Sigurðr’s journey, see Sjórs Lv 3, ESk Sigdr I, Hskv Útdr and Þstf Stuttdr.
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