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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hallv Knútdr 2III

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2017, ‘Hallvarðr háreksblesi, Knútsdrápa 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 232.

Hallvarðr háreksblesiKnútsdrápa

text and translation

Vestr lézt í haf, hristir,
harðviggs, sikulgjarðar,
umbands allra landa,
íss, framstafni vísat.

{Hristir {íss sikulgjarðar}}, lézt framstafni {harðviggs {umbands allra landa}} vísat vestr í haf.
‘Shaker of the ice of the sword-belt [SWORD > WARRIOR], you caused the fore-stem of the hard horse of the encircling band of all lands [SEA > SHIP] to be directed west across the sea.

notes and context

This stanza is quoted in Skm to illustrate the use of haf as one of the heiti for ‘sea’.



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: Hallvarðr háreksblesi, Knútsdrápa 2: AI, 317, BI, 293, Skald I, 149; SnE 1848-87, I, 496-7, II, 450, 599, III, 102, SnE 1931, 174, SnE 1998, I, 93; Frank 1994b, 119-20, Jesch 2000, 246.


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