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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 38III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 38’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1046.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Vas rǫnd roðin;         riðu skelkingar;
fellu fyrðar         í flogi vápna.
Ôtu ernir         af jǫfurs dolgum;
hreyfðusk hrafnar         of hrækesti.

Rǫnd vas roðin; skelkingar riðu; fyrðar fellu í flogi vápna. Ernir ôtu af dolgum jǫfurs; hrafnar hreyfðusk of hrækesti.
‘The shield-rim was reddened; swords swung; men fell in the flight of weapons. Eagles ate from the prince’s enemies; ravens gloated above the carrion-pile.

notes and context

As st. 37 above. In this stanza, ll. 1, 4, 6, and 8 have anacruses (Types C3, C2 and C1), and thus they, too, differ from Snorri’s version of the metre.



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 19b: AI, 519, BI, 496, Skald I, 243; Hl 1941, 25, 67.


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