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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hókr Eirfl 3I

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Halldórr ókristni, Eiríksflokkr 3’ 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. 475.

Halldórr ókristniEiríksflokkr

text and translation

Fjǫrð kom heldr í harða
— hnitu reyr saman dreyra;
tungl skôrusk þá tingla
tangar — Ormr inn langi,
þás borðmikinn Barða
brynflagðs Reginn lagði
— jarl vann hjalms at holmi
hríð — við Fáfnis síðu.

Fjǫrð kom Ormr inn langi í heldr harða — {reyr dreyra} hnitu saman; {tungl tangar tingla} skôrusk þá —, þás {Reginn {brynflagðs}} lagði borðmikinn Barða við síðu Fáfnis; jarl vann {hríð hjalms} at holmi.
‘Last year Ormr inn langi (‘the Long Serpent’) underwent a rather harsh [trial] — reeds of gore [SWORDS] crashed together; moons of the tongs of prow-boards [SHIELDS] were cut then —, when the Reginn <dwarf> of the byrnie-troll-woman [AXE > WARRIOR = Eiríkr] brought the high-sided Barði (‘Prow’) alongside Fáfnir; the jarl fought a storm of the helmet [BATTLE] near the island.

notes and context

Towards the end of the battle of Svǫlðr, all of Óláfr Tryggvason’s ships have been cleared except for Ormr inn langi, and all of Óláfr’s men who are still able to fight have gathered there. Eiríkr jarl brings his ship, Barði (‘Prow’) or Járnbarði (‘Iron-prow’), alongside Ormr inn langi, and a hard fight ensues.

In Hkr and ÓT, sts 3-4 are given in reverse order (see Introduction above). — [8]: This line recalls Egill Lv 10/2V (Eg 15) hríð fyr Jótlands síðu.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Haldórr ókristni, Eiríksflokkr 3: AI, 203, BI, 193, Skald I, 102, NN §3219; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 446, IV, 98, ÍF 26, 360-1 (ÓTHkr ch. 106), F 1871, 163; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 273 (ch. 251), Flat 1860-8, I, 485; Fsk 1902-3, 127 (ch. 22), ÍF 29, 155 (ch. 24); ÓTOdd 1932, 222, ÍF 25, 337.


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