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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 31III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 31’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1040.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Frilleifs vann ek sagt frá snilli;
siklingr vakði gunni mikla;
rjóða kunni randar váða
rómu valdr í benja ǫldu.
Bíta knátti brynju ótti
— brandar skôru svartar randir —
(Gera spurðik þar gladdan verða)
gunnar sól (með ylgjar brunni).

Ek vann sagt frá snilli Frilleifs; siklingr vakði mikla gunni; {valdr rómu} kunni rjóða {váða randar} í {ǫldu benja}. {Ótti brynju} knátti bíta {sól gunnar}; brandar skôru svartar randir; spurðik Gera verða gladdan þar með {brunni ylgjar}.
‘I was able to tell about the prowess of Friðleifr; the hero stirred up a great battle; the ruler of strife [WARRIOR] knew how to redden the danger of the shield-rim [SWORD] in the wave of wounds [BLOOD]. The terror of the byrnie [SWORD] bit the sun of battle [SHIELD]; blades cut black shield-rims; I heard that Geri <wolf> was gladdened there with the spring of the she-wolf [BLOOD].

notes and context

The metre is hrynhent (‘Rijnhent’) ‘flowing-rhymed’ (cf. SnSt Ht 62-4).

For this metre, see Section 4, General Introduction in SkP I. — Friðleifr Fróðason was a legendary Danish king (see ÍF 26, 48; ÍF 35, 14-16; Saxo 2005, I, 6, 1, 1-4, 14, pp. 362-79).



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 16a: AI, 518, BI, 494, Skald I, 243, NN §2073 anm.; Hl 1941, 24, 65.


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