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Halli XI Fl 6II

Russell Poole (ed.) 2009, ‘Halli stirði, Flokkr 6’ 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. 342-3.

Halli stirðiFlokkr
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Hitt hefk heyrt, at setti
Haraldr ok Sveinn við meinum
— guð sýslir þat — gísla
glaðr hvárrtveggi ǫðrum.
Þeir haldi svá sœrum
— sôtt lauksk þar með vôttum —
ok ǫllum frið fullum,
ferð at hvôrgi skerði.

Hefk heyrt hitt, at Haraldr ok Sveinn setti gísla við meinum, hvárrtveggi glaðr ǫðrum; guð sýslir þat. Haldi þeir sœrum ok ǫllum fullum frið svá, at hvôrgi ferð skerði; sôtt lauksk þar með vôttum.

I have heard this, that Haraldr and Sveinn assigned hostages against damages, each one gladly with the other; God sees to that. May they keep their oaths and the entire full peace so that neither contingent may violate it; the settlement was concluded there with witnesses.

Mss: (568r), 39(28vb), F(50rb), E(23r), J2ˣ(287v-288r) (Hkr); H(59r-v), Hr(43va) (H-Hr)

Readings: [1] setti: sættusk F, settu H, sættu Hr    [2] við: at H, Hr    [3] guð: ‘goð’ H, Hr;    sýslir: sýsl var H, Hr    [5] haldi: halda 39;    sœrum: ‘sarum’ H, Hr    [6] lauksk: lauk H, Hr    [7] ǫllum: ǫll í E    [8] ferð: fylld H, Hr;    skerði: skyldi H, Hr

Editions: Skj AI, 402, Skj BI, 371, Skald I, 185; ÍF 28, 161-2 (HSig ch. 71), F 1871, 235, E 1916, 82; Fms 6, 333 (HSig ch. 88).

Context: In Hkr a brief account of the terms of peace is given, ending with the preface to st. 6 (ÍF 28, 161): Síðan seldusk konungarnar gíslar, svá sem hér segir ‘Then the kings exchanged hostages, as is stated here’. After the st., the ch. is concluded with the sentence Haraldr konungr helt liði sínu norðr í Nóreg, en Sveinn konungr fór suðr til Danmarkar ‘King Haraldr brought his following north into Norway and King Sveinn went south to Denmark’ (ÍF 28, 162). H-Hr is closely similar.

Notes: [1] hefk heyrt hitt ‘I have heard this’: The poet reverts from the immediacy of the previous sts to a time-honoured formula. — [1] setti ‘assigned’: Both Skj B and Skald silently emend this subj. form to the indic. settu, but unnecessarily, since the cl. is one of indirect speech. — [3] guð sýslir þat ‘God sees to that’: The H-Hr variant, góð sýsl vas þat ‘that was a good work’, has been adopted by both Skj B and Skald but it is lower on the stemma and clearly secondary, exhibiting inter alia the tendency of those mss to prefer pret. verbs.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  6. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  7. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  8. Internal references
  9. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  10. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  11. Not published: do not cite (HSigII)
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