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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 46III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 46’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1054.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Hverr rýðr hvassar eggjar?
Hverr brytjar mat vargi?
Hverr gerir hjalma skúrir?
Hverr eggjaði styrjar?
Haraldr rauð hvassar eggjar;
herr brytjar mat vargi;
hjalmskúr gerir Hǫgni;
Hjarrandi réð gunni.

Hverr rýðr hvassar eggjar? Hverr brytjar vargi mat? Hverr gerir {skúrir hjalma}? Hverr eggjaði styrjar? Haraldr rauð hvassar eggjar; herr brytjar vargi mat; Hǫgni gerir {hjalmskúr}; Hjarrandi réð gunni.
‘Who reddens sharp edges? Who cuts food for the wolf? Who creates showers of helmets [BATTLES]? Who instigated strife? Haraldr reddened sharp edges; the army cuts food for the wolf; Hǫgni creates the helmet-shower [BATTLE]; Hjarrandi caused the battle.

notes and context

As st. 45 above.

[5]: The identity of Haraldr is not known, and Skj B and Skald emend to ‘Heðinn’. It is possible, however, that the version of the events as related in Hl was based on another variant of the story than the one found in the extant sources (see Hl 1941, 72).



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 23b: AI, 521, BI, 498, Skald I, 245; Hl 1941, 26-7, 73.


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