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HSt Rst 35I

Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 35’ 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. 938.

Hallar-SteinnRekstefja
3435

text and translation

Eigi einkar lága
ek fæ ina þriðju,
hyr-Njǫrðr, hróðri stœrða
ps tvískelfða drôpu.
Slíkr hôttr — svá munk vátta —
sjaldstundum verðr fundinn;
herr prúðr hǫrvi kvæða
hafi gagn, en ek þagna.

{{Hóps hyr-}Njǫrðr}, ek fæ ina þriðju eigi einkar lága tvískelfða drôpu stœrða hróðri. Slíkr hôttr verðr sjaldstundum fundinn; munk svá vátta; herr prúðr hǫrvi hafi gagn kvæða, en ek þagna.
 
‘Njǫrðr <god> of the fire of the bay [(lit. ‘fire-Njǫrðr of the bay’) GOLD > MAN], I increase with praise the third not extremely poor drápa in tvískelft. Such a metre is rarely found; I can attest to that; may the troop splendid in linen [women] have benefit from the poem [lit. poems], and I fall silent.

notes and context

[2]: The line lacks hending, but since there is no other reason to suspect corruption, and no obvious alternative, it is retained without emendation. — [4]: For the rhyme hóps : drôp-, see Note to st. 3/8.

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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 35: AI, 552, BI, 534, Skald I, 260, NN §§2097, 2543; SHI 3, 266-9, CPB II, 300, Wisén 1886-9, I, 50, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 287-90.

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