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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 50III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 50’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1058.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Hausa beit hjalm-Týs
hjaldrliðr allstiðr;
sundra nam snarbeind*
sverðs egg manns legg.
Veita réð vellbrjótr
valgjóð hræflóð;
haukum vas hjǫrleiks
hjaldrmôs gefin krôs.

{Allstiðr hjaldrliðr} {hjalm-Týs} beit hausa; snarbeind* egg sverðs nam sundra legg manns. {Vellbrjótr} réð veita {valgjóð} {hræflóð}; {krôs {hjaldrmôs}} vas gefin {haukum {hjǫrleiks}}.
‘The thoroughly stiff battle-snake [SWORD] of the helmet-Týr <god> [WARRIOR] bit skulls; the powerfully straightened edge of the sword sundered a man’s leg. The gold-breaker [GENEROUS MAN] gave carrion-flood [BLOOD] to the corpse-buzzard [RAVEN/EAGLE]; the morsel of the battle-gull [RAVEN/EAGLE > CORPSES] was given to hawks of sword-play [BATTLE > RAVENS/EAGLES].

notes and context

As st. 49 above.



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 25b: AI, 522, BI, 499, Skald I, 245, NN §2540 B; Hl 1941, 27, 74-5.


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