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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 33III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 33’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1042.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Óli fœddi aldinn ara;
allvítt kveðk hans snilli fara;
eigi frák hann armlog spara;
auði gœddi drengi snara.
Víða hygg ek bragna bera
buðlungs nafn, þess’s saddi Gera;
hraustan spurðak vísa vera;
vôpnum kunni benjar skera.

Óli fœddi aldinn ara; kveðk snilli hans fara allvítt; eigi frák hann spara {armlog}; gœddi snara drengi auði. Víða hygg ek bragna bera nafn buðlungs, þess’s saddi Gera; spurðak vísa vera hraustan; kunni skera benjar vôpnum.
‘Óli fed the ancient eagle; I say that his prowess travels very widely; I did not hear that he spared the arm-flame [GOLD]; he enriched valiant warriors with wealth. Far and wide I believe men carry the name of the hero who sated Geri <wolf>; I heard that the ruler was courageous; he knew how to cut wounds with weapons.

notes and context

The heading is rekit (‘Rekit’) ‘extended’, which is used by Snorri in Ht as a term for an extended kenning (with more than two determinants) and not for a metre (see SnE 2007, 5). Metrically the stanza is similar to SnSt Ht 90 (in minni runhenda ‘the lesser end-rhyme’), which is a variant of hrynhent ‘flowing-rhymed’ (see sts 31-2 above) except that positions 7-8 are occupied by two short syllables rather than by a long plus a short syllable, and these syllables form end-rhymes with positions 7-8 in the following lines.

This metre is also used in Anon Mhkv, possibly composed by the Orcadian bishop Bjarni Kolbeinsson. — Óli is most likely Áli inn frœkni ‘the Brave’ Friðleifsson, a son of Friðleifr Fróðason (see sts 31-2 above; ÍF 26, 48-9; ÍF 35, 16-21; Saxo 2005, I, 6, 4, 10-12, pp. 376-9). According to Skjǫldunga saga (ÍF 35, 17-19), Áli was killed by Starkaðr inn gamli ‘the Old’ Stórvirksson at the instigation of his own half-brother, Fróði. Hkr (ÍF 26, 49) also mentions that Áli was killed by Starkaðr. Saxo gives his name as Olauus (Óláfr) and does not mention his death.



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 17a: AI, 518, BI, 495, Skald I, 243; Hl 1941, 25, 65-6.


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