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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Marm Lv 7VIII (Hálf 12)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 12 (Marmennill, Lausavísur 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 314.


text and translation

Kalt vatn augum         en kvett tönnum,
lérept líki,         lát mik aptr í sjó.
Dregr mik engi         í degi síðan
maðr upp í skip         af marabotnum.

Kalt vatn augum en kvett tönnum, lérept líki, lát mik aptr í sjó. Engi maðr dregr mik síðan í degi upp í skip af marabotnum.
‘Cold water for the eyes and a piece of meat for the teeth, linen for the body, put me back into the sea. No man will pull me then by daylight from the depths of the ocean up into a ship.

notes and context

The stanza is preceded by the words: Þá tók einn maðr í hönd honum ok spurði: Hvat er manni bezt? Marmendill svarar … ‘Then a man took him by the hand and asked: What is best for a man? The merman replies …’. The stanza is followed by the words: Kóngr gaf þeim Handi ok Hrindi land at búa á ok þar með þræl ok ambátt ‘The king gave Handir and Hrindir land to farm and with it a slave and a bondwoman’. 


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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga IV 6: AII, 258, BII, 278, Skald II, 145, NN §3188; Hálf 1864, 11, Hálf 1909, 86, FSGJ 2, 103-4, Hálf 1981, 116, 175; Edd. Min. 91.


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