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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hskv Útdr 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 7’ 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. 488-9.

Halldórr skvaldriÚtfarardrápa

text and translation

Bǫðstyrkir, lézt barka
— bragnings verk á Serkjum
fræg hafa gǫrzk — fyr gýgjar
gagnstíg ofan síga.
Enn í hall at helli,
hernenninn, fjǫlmennum,
Gǫndlar þings, með gengi,
gný-Þróttr, neðan sóttir.

{Bǫðstyrkir}, lézt barka síga ofan fyr {gagnstíg gýgjar}; verk bragnings á Serkjum hafa gǫrzk fræg. Enn, {hernenninn {Gǫndlar þings gný}-Þróttr}, sóttir neðan í hall at fjǫlmennum helli með gengi.
‘Battle-strengthener [WARRIOR], you let boats be lowered from above before the through-route of the giantess [CRAG]; the lord’s deeds against the Saracens have become famous. And you, battle-enterprising Þróttr <= Óðinn> of the din of Gǫndul’s <valkyrie’s> assembly [(lit. ‘din-Þróttr of Gǫndul’s assembly’) BATTLE > WARRIOR] advanced up the cliff toward the well-manned cavern with your followers.

notes and context

Sigurðr laid siege to a cave on a cliff, in which marauding Moors had taken refuge. The Norsemen lowered two boats from above in front of the mouth of the cave and set fire to it.

In Mork, sts 7-8 are given in reverse order. For a full account of this event, see Þstf Stuttdr 4 Context. See also Hskv Útkv and st. 8 below.



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 7: AI, 487, BI, 459, Skald I, 226; ÍF 28, 245-6 (Msona ch. 6), F 1871, 284, E 1916, 132; Mork 1867, 162, Mork 1928-32, 347, Andersson and Gade 2000, 319, 489 (Msona); Fms 7, 82-3 (Msona ch. 6); ÍF 29, 317 (ch. 86).


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