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Not published: do not cite ()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 

24 — Prose: Hr 35.10

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Cite as: Not published: do not cite (Prose: Hr 35.10)

‘Já,’ sagði Hǫttr, ‘ek mun til þessa ráðast.’
Konungr mælti: ‘Ekki veit ek, hvaðan þessi hreysti er at þér komin, Hǫttr, ok mikit hefir um þik skipazk á skammri stundu.’
Hǫttr mælti: ‘Gef mér til sverðit Gullinhjalta, er þú heldr á, ok skal ek þá fella dýrit eða bana.’
Hrólfr konungr mælti: ‘Þetta sverð er ekki beranda nema þeim manni, sem bæði er góðr drengr ok hraustr.’
Hǫttr sagði, ‘Ætla svá til, konungr, at mér muni svá háttat.’


Yes,’ said Hǫttr, ‘I will take this on. The king said, ‘I don’t know from where this courage has come to you, Hǫttr, and a lot has changed about you in a short time.’ Hǫttr said, ‘Give me the sword Gullinhjalti, which you are holding, and I shall then kill the beast or get death.’ King Hrólfr said, ‘This sword is not to be carried except by the man who is both a good man and brave.’ Hǫttr said, ‘Assume , king, that that must apply to me.’


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