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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hskv Útdr 12II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 12’ 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, p. 492.

Halldórr skvaldriÚtfarardrápa

text and translation

Orkið, Ála serkjar
élfestir, þrek mestum;
ætt berr grams of grimma
gagnprúðr Sigurðr magni.

Orkið, {{{Ála serkjar} él}festir}, mestum þrek; gagnprúðr Sigurðr berr magni of grimma ætt grams.
‘You perform, strengthener of the storm of Áli’s <sea-king’s> shirt [(lit. ‘storm-strengthener of Áli’s shirt’) BYRNIE > BATTLE > WARRIOR], the greatest deed of courage; victory-splendid Sigurðr overwhelms the fierce family of the ruler.

notes and context

The helmingr is given as an example of soloecismus as defined by Donatus, that is, the change of grammatical number for the same subject (2nd pers. pl. in the first couplet, and 3rd pers. sg. in the second).



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: Haldórr skvaldri, 2. Útfarardrápa 13: AI, 488, BI, 460, Skald I, 226; SnE 1848-87, II, 118, 411, TGT 1884, 78, 188-9, TGT 1927, 53, 97.


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