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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 20III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 20’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1028.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Spurðak hraustan

þanns linns legu
lesti festi.
Lét opt jǫfurr
†ar† …
… sveita
saddan gladdan.

Spurðak hraustan … þanns lesti {legu linns} … festi. Jǫfurr lét opt †ar† … sveita gladdan saddan.
‘I heard that the brave … who injured the lair of the snake [GOLD] … fastened. The prince often made … … of blood gladdened, sated.

notes and context

As st. 19 above.

[2]: The line cannot be restored, but it must have contained elements of a warrior-kenning or a word for ‘warrior’. — [6-7]: These lines cannot be reconstructed with any certainty. Skj B makes no attempt to restore a reading. As Kock (NN §3116) points out, the missing word in l. 7 is most likely to be the base-word in a kenning for a bird of battle (m. acc. sg.) that is qualified by gladdan ‘gladdened’ and saddan ‘sated’ in l. 8. Accordingly, he reconstructs ll. 7-8 as svan vann sveita | saddan gladdan ‘he made the gladdened swan of blood sated’. Possible would also be ok svan sveita | saddan gladdan with lét ‘made’ in l. 5 as the verb. Jón Helgason (Hl 1941, 56) reconstructs the second helmingr as follows: opt lét jǫfurr | arna barna | sessa sveita | saddan gladdan ‘often the prince made the gladdened benchmate of the eagles’ children [RAVEN/EAGLE] sated with blood’. That reading is entirely conjectural, however.



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: Rǫgnvaldr jarl og Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 10b: AI, 516, BI, 492, Skald I, 241, NN §3116; Hl 1941, 33, 56.


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