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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Halli XI Fl 4II

Russell Poole (ed.) 2009, ‘Halli stirði, Flokkr 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 341-2.

Halli stirðiFlokkr

text and translation

Telja hátt, es hittask,
hvartveggja mjǫk, seggir,
orð, þaus angra fyrða
allmjǫk, búendr snjallir.
Láta þeir, es þræta,
þegnar, allt í gegnum,
— svellr ofrhugi jǫfrum —
eigi brátt við sôttum.

Snjallir búendr hvartveggja telja mjǫk hátt orð, þaus angra fyrða allmjǫk, es seggir hittask. Þeir þegnar, es þræta allt í gegnum, láta eigi brátt við sôttum; ofrhugi svellr jǫfrum.
‘The brave farmers of both parties, when the men meet, speak very loudly words that offend peoplevery greatly. Those people who wrangle the whole way through accede not at all quickly to terms of settlement; rashness builds up in the kings.

notes and context

Hkr prefaces sts 4-5 as follows (ÍF 28, 160): En er konungarnir fundusk, tóku menn at rœða um sættir konunganna, en þegar þat var í munni haft, þá kærðu margir skaða sinn, er fengit hǫfðu af hernaði, rán ok mannalát. Var þat langa hríð, svá sem hér segir ‘And when the kings met, men commenced discussing terms of reconciliation between the kings. But as soon as the topic was broached many complained about the harm they had incurred from raiding, plundering and killing. That continued for a long time, as is stated here’. H-Hr has essentially the same account (Fms 6, 332).



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: Halli stirði, Flokkr 4: AI, 402, BI, 371, Skald I, 185; ÍF 28, 160-1 (HSig ch. 71), F 1871, 235, E 1916, 81-2; Fms 6, 332 (HSig ch. 88).


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