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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Halldórr ókristni (Hókr)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Eiríksflokkr (Eirfl) - 8

Skj info: Haldórr ókristni, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 202-204, BI, 193-195).

Skj poems:

Nothing is known about Halldórr ókristni ‘the Un-Christian’ (Hókr) aside from the fact that, according to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 257, 266, 280), he was one of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson’s poets. His nickname indicates that he must have been reluctant to convert to Christianity, and it is not surprising that he is connected with the court of the jarls of Hlaðir (Lade), given that Eiríkr’s father, Hákon jarl Sigurðarson, was the last heathen ruler of Norway. The eight stanzas below are what remain of Halldórr’s poetic oeuvre, and they show that he was well versed in myth and heroic legend and, in particular, that he was familiar with the poetry of earlier and contemporary skalds. In Skj, Finnur Jónsson gives his ethnicity as Icelandic, but that cannot be ascertained.

Eiríksflokkr (‘Flokkr about Eiríkr’) — Hókr EirflI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘ Halldórr ókristni, Eiríksflokkr’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 469. <> (accessed 1 July 2022)

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Skj: Haldórr ókristni: Eiríksflokkr, o. 1010 (AI, 202-4, BI, 193-5)

SkP info: I, 473

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

2 — Hókr Eirfl 2I

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Halldórr ókristni, Eiríksflokkr 2’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 473.

Eyna fór ok einu
(unnviggs) konungr sunnan
(sverð rauð mætr at morði
meiðr) sjau tøgum skeiða,
þás húnlagar hreina
hafði jarl of krafða
— sætt gekk seggja ættar
sundr — Skônunga fundar.

{Konungr Eyna} fór sunnan sjau tøgum skeiða ok einu — {mætr meiðr {unnviggs}} rauð sverð at morði —, þás jarl hafði of krafða {hreina {húnlagar}} fundar Skônunga; sætt ættar seggja gekk sundr.

{The king of the Eynir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] went from the south with seventy-one warships — {the splendid tree {of the wave-steed}} [SHIP > SEAFARER] reddened the sword at the battle —, when the jarl [Eiríkr] had summoned {the reindeer {of the mast-top-liquid}} [SEA > SHIPS] to a meeting with the Skánungar; the peace of the kin of men was sundered.

texts: Fsk 111, ÓT 155, ÓTC 52 (I 155), ÓTOdd 6 (5), Hkr 183 (I 155)

editions: Skj Haldórr ókristni: Eiríksflokkr 2 (AI, 202-3; BI, 193); Skald I, 102, NN §§555, 556, 2008H anm., 2920; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 434, IV, 95-6, ÍF 26, 352-3 (ÓTHkr ch. 100), F 1871, 159; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 251 (ch. 245); Fsk 1902-3, 117 (ch. 22), ÍF 29, 148 (ch. 24); ÓTOdd 1932, 198, ÍF 25, 313-14.


AM 35 folx (Kx) 207v, 11 - 207v, 18 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 35rb, 27 - 35rb, 29 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 128r, 14 - 128r, 18 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 112v, 7 - 112v, 14 (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 66rb, 12 - 66rb, 15 (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 63rb, 12 - 63rb, 14 [1, 5-8] (ÓT)  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 61vb, 13 - 61vb, 16 (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 97rb, 29 - 97rb, 33 (ÓT)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 35r, 30 - 35v, 7 (Fsk)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 32r, 3 - 32r, 10 (Fsk)  image  
AM 302 4°x (302x) 52r, 3 - 52r, 10 (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 128, 9 - 128, 16 (Fsk)  image  
AM 310 4° (310) 81, 33 - 81, 36 (ÓTOdd)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 47r, 19 - 47r, 22 (Fsk)  
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