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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 34III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 34’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1043.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Hjartat dugði jǫfri ǫrum;
ýtar fylgðu hilmi snǫrum;
segja kannk frá fylkis fǫrum;
fyrða beitti lið með ǫrum.
Harðir ôttu hermenn saman;
hilding frák við gunni taman;
hônum þótti at geirleik gaman;
greppar leyfðu vísa framan.

Hjartat dugði ǫrum jǫfri; ýtar fylgðu snǫrum hilmi; kannk segja frá fǫrum fylkis; beitti lið fyrða með ǫrum. Harðir hermenn ôttu saman; frák hilding taman við gunni; hônum þótti gaman at {geirleik}; greppar leyfðu framan vísa.
‘The heart helped the liberal prince; men followed the bold ruler; I can tell about the leader’s expeditions; he killed the troop of men with arrows. Hardened warriors joined [battle] against one another; I heard that the lord was trained in warfare; he took pleasure in spear-play [BATTLE]; poets praised the outstanding leader.

notes and context

As st. 33 above.

[1-4]: Cf. the similar rhymes in SnSt Ht 80.



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 17b: AI, 518, BI, 495, Skald I, 243; Hl 1941, 25, 66.


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