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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hál 1I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Háleygjatal 1’ 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. 197.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonHáleygjatal

text and translation

Viljak hljóð
at Hôars líði,
meðan Gillings
gjǫldum yppik,
meðan hans ætt
í hverlegi
galga farms
til goða teljum,
hinn es Surts
ór søkkdǫlum
fljúgandi bar.

Viljak hljóð at {líði Hôars}, meðan yppik {gjǫldum Gillings}, meðan teljum ætt hans til goða í {{hverlegi} {farms galga}}, hinn es {farmǫgnuðr} bar fljúgandi ór søkkdǫlum Surts.
‘I would wish for a hearing for the drink of Hôarr <= Óðinn> [POETRY], while I lift up the payment for Gillingr <giant> [POETRY], while we [I] reckon his lineage back to the gods in the cauldron-liquid [DRINK] of the burden of the gallows [= Óðinn > POETRY], that which the travel-furtherer [= Óðinn] carried flying from the treasure-valleys of Surtr [giant].

notes and context

Lines 1-8 (with ll. 5-8 repeated in R, U and B) are cited to illustrate kennings for ‘poetry’. The final four lines are cited separately and somewhat earlier, to illustrate a kenning for Óðinn.

SnE gives no indication that these excerpts come from Hál, but there is scholarly consensus that they belong there (SnE 1998, I, 160). Earlier eds took ll. 1-8 of the present stanza as st. 1 and ll. 9-12 as st. 2 (see Note to l. 9 for discussion). — [9-12]: On Óðinn’s flight, see Note to l. 6 above.



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: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, 2. Háleygjatal 1-2: AI, 68, BI, 60, Skald I, 37, NN §1783B; SnE 1848-87, I, 242-3, 248-9, 252-3, II, 306-7, 520, 522-3, SnE 1931, 91, 93, 94, SnE 1998, I, 11, 13, 14; Krause 1990, 138-45.


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