Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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4. Hrólfs saga kraka — chs 34-35 (Hr) - 27

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The skaldic database has been adapted here to include prose texts for teaching purposes. The text of Hrólfs saga is from Guðni Jónsson’s edition in Fornaldar sögur norðurlanda (1954); Skáldskaparmál is based on the text in Anthony Faulkes’s Viking Society edition; Laxdœla saga and Grœnlendinga saga are taken from the Íslenzk fornrit series. The text of Vǫlsunga saga is from Gordon’s Introduction to Old Norse, with incest restored. The first section of Hrólfs saga includes a close, unidiomatic parallel translation by Tarrin Wills. The glossary has also been produced by Tarrin Wills.

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Hrólfs saga kraka — chs 34-35

Not published: do not cite ()

prose sections:  34.1   34.2   34.3   34.4   34.5   34.6   34.7   34.8   34.9   34.10   34.11   34.12   34.13   34.14   35.1   35.2   35.3   35.4   35.5   35.6   35.7   35.8   35.9   35.10   35.11   35.12   35.13 

1 — Prose: Hr 34.1

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Cite as: Not published: do not cite (Prose: Hr 34.1)

Síðan ferr Bǫðvarr leið sína til Hleiðargarðs. Hann kemr til konungs atsetu. Bǫðvarr leiðir þegar hest sinn á stall hjá konungs hestum hinum beztu ok spyrr øngvan at; gekk síðan inn í hǫll, ok var þar fátt manna. Hann sezk útarliga, ok sem hann hefr setit þar nǫkkra hríð, heyrir hann þrausk nokkut útar í hornit í einhverjum stað. Bǫðvarr lítr þangat ok sér, at mannshǫnd kemr upp ór mikilli beinahrúgu, er þar lá. Hǫndin var svǫrt mjǫk.


Then Bǫðvarr goes on his way to Hleiðargarðr. He comes to the king’s residence. Straight away Bǫðvarr leads his horse into the stall with the king’s best horses and asks no-one [for permission]; then he went into the hall and there were few men. He sits himself near the entrance and when he has sat there for some time, he hears a noise further out in the corner in a certain place. Bǫðvarr looks in that direction and sees that a man’s hand comes up out of a large pile of bones which lay there. The hand was very dark.


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