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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hálfr Innkv 4VIII (Hálf 21)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 21 (Hálfr Hjǫrleifsson, Innsteinskviða 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 321.

Hálfr HjǫrleifssonInnsteinskviða

text and translation

Hrynja um herðar,         þeim er hamalt fylkja
grams verðungu,         gyldnar brynjur.
Þat mun á öxlum         öðlings vinum
ljóst at líta,         sem logi brenni.

Gyldnar brynjur hrynja um herðar, þeim er fylkja hamalt verðungu grams. Þat mun ljóst at líta á öxlum vinum öðlings, sem logi brenni.
‘Gilded byrnies fall around the shoulders of those who draw up the prince’s retinue in a wedge-shaped phalanx. A brightness will be clearly seen on the shoulders of the prince’s friends, as if a flame were burning.

notes and context

This stanza is introduced by the words: kóngr kvað ‘the king said’.

Following a suggestion by Svend Grundtvig, Bugge (Hálf 1864) altered the ms. sequence of stanzas at this point, interchanging Hálf 23 and Hálf 21. This change of sequence has been followed by all subsequent eds aside from Hálf 1981 and the present edn, which follow the ms. order.


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 VI 8: AII, 260, BII, 280, Skald II, 147, NN §118, FF §25; Hálf 1864, 19, Hálf 1909, 104, FSGJ 2, 112, Hálf 1981, 181; Edd. Min. 34­-5.


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