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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hál 6I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Háleygjatal 6’ 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. 204.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonHáleygjatal

text and translation

Ok sá halr
at Hôars veðri
hǫsvan serk
Hrísgrísnis bar.

Ok sá halr bar {hǫsvan serk Hrísgrísnis} at {veðri Hôars}.
‘And that man wore the grey shirt of Hrísgrísnir <wolf> [WOLF-SKIN] in the storm of Hôarr <= Óðinn> [BATTLE].

notes and context

The stanza is cited in a section illustrating kennings referring to battle as the weather or storm of weapons.

The identity of the subject, sá halr ‘that man’, remains unknown, although, on the principle of paronomasia, Brynjólfr/Brynjolfus, lit. ‘mail-shirt + wolf’, would be a possible candidate; see Introduction for the genealogy of the Hlaðajarlar.



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 8: AI, 69, BI, 61, Skald I, 38, NN §2744; SnE 1848-87, I, 418-19, II, 326, 437, 586, SnE 1931, 149, SnE 1998, I, 66; Krause 1990, 167-9.


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