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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 14I

Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 14’ 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. 912.


text and translation

Morðlinns mǫrgu sinni
móðþrútinn bjó úti
— húfr svall; hrannir fellu —
hvessimeiðr á skeiðum.
Gyllt hlýr — gnǫpðu skoltar —
gunnfíkinn lét blíkja
herrunnr hǫfnum fjarri.
Hollr ok fremstr at ǫllu.

{Móðþrútinn hvessimeiðr {morðlinns}} bjó mǫrgu sinni úti á skeiðum; húfr svall; hrannir fellu. {Gunnfíkinn herrunnr} lét gyllt hlýr blíkja fjarri hǫfnum; skoltar gnǫpðu. Hollr ok fremstr at ǫllu …
‘The courage-swollen whetting pole of the battle-snake [SWORD > WARRIOR] many a time stayed out at sea on his warships; the hull swelled; the waves crashed. The battle-eager army-tree [WARRIOR] let the gilded bow gleam far from harbours; foreheads bent forward. Faithful and foremost in all things …

notes and context

The stanza concludes a brief passage on the king’s seaborne expeditions during the summers.

[8]: For this line of the refrain, see Note to st. 9/8.



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: Hallar-Steinn, 1. Rekstefja 14: AI, 546-7, BI, 528, Skald I, 257, NN §1795; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 214 (ch. 234), Flat 1860-8, I, 456; SHI 3, 252-3, CPB II, 297, Wisén 1886-9, I, 47-8, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 234-8.


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