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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 30III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 30’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1039.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Jǫfri vasat aldrklifs
akarn við sverðs brak
— stillir vakði stál*gǫll —
stalldræpt snjǫllum.
Hvǫssu réð hugarsess
— hildar vas sá gramr mildr —
í branda brakvind
baugnjótr grjóti.

{Akarn {aldrklifs}} snjǫllum jǫfri vasat stalldræpt við {brak sverðs}; stillir vakði {stál*gǫll}. {Baugnjótr} réð {hvǫssu grjóti {hugarsess}} í {brakvind branda}; sá gramr vas mildr hildar.
‘The acorn of the life-cliff [BREAST > HEART] of the brave prince was not terror-struck by the crash of the sword [BATTLE]; the ruler stirred up a sword-roar [BATTLE]. The ring-user [MAN] commanded a sharp stone of the mind-seat [BREAST > HEART] in the crash-wind of blades [BATTLE]; that lord was generous with battle.

notes and context

As st. 29 above. In this stanza, ll. 1, 3 and 5 correspond structurally to Snorri’s náhent or hálfhnept, ll. 2, 6-7 are hálfhnept and l. 8 is náhent or stúfhent. Line 4 is an approximate náhent line, with the first internal rhyme in position 1 rather than in position 2 (i.e. hnugghent ‘deprived-rhymed’, Ht 76).



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 15b: AI, 517-18, BI, 494, Skald I, 242; Hl 1941, 24, 65.


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