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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 1III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1009.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Skyldr at skemmta         þykkik skǫtnum vesa,
        þeims vilja nýtt mál nema.
Forn frœði         lætk framm of borin,
        ef þér vilið heyrt hafa.

Þykkik vesa skyldr at skemmta skǫtnum, þeims vilja nema nýtt mál. Lætk forn frœði of borin framm, ef þér vilið hafa heyrt.
‘I feel I am obliged to entertain men who wish to learn useful sayings. I shall let ancient wisdom be declaimed, if you want to listen.

notes and context

The heading is ljóðsháttr (‘Liődz Hattur’) ‘song’s form’ (cf. SnSt Ht 100, ljóðaháttr ‘songs’ form’).

The metre is attested in eddic poetry and elsewhere (see Section 4 of the General Introduction in SkP I).



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 1a: AI, 512, BI, 487, Skald I, 239, NN §2043B; Hl 1941, 24, 36.


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