Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 56’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1065.
 sparði: sverði papp25ˣ, R683ˣ
 sparði ‘spare’: Rugman again mistook the <p> in sparði ‘spared’ for insular <v> (see sts 18/6 and 44/9).
 sættir: so R683ˣ, ‘fætir’ papp25ˣ
 fúss: fús papp25ˣ, R683ˣ
 fúss (m. nom. sg.) ‘eager’: The syntax requires the m. nom. sg. rather than f. nom. sg. or n. nom./acc. pl. (fús; both mss). It is not clear whether the omission of the final -s is an error or an orthographic simplification (see Hl 1941, 106).
 lauðar (f. gen. sg.) ‘of the furnace’: The word can denote either a smelting furnace for the purification of metal, or iron with holes to pull metal wires through (see Fritzner: lauð; Heggstad et al. 2008: lauð).
 gulli ‘to gold’: The [u] is ensured by the rhyme (skothending; but cf. golli ‘gold’ in st. 44/9).
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The battle intensified much; little did the generous one spare crucible-glaciers [SILVER]; the ruler made bent amber of estuaries [GOLD] fly straight at the army. The reconciler of people [JUST RULER], reluctant to flee, eager, pursued the beacon of the furnace [GOLD]; the tree of the spear [WARRIOR] was good to the kin of men, but bad to gold.
As st. 55 above.
The antithesis consists of the following words: mjǫk ‘much’ : lítt ‘little’ (l. 2); rétt ‘straight’ : bjúg ‘bent’ (l. 4); fúss ‘eager’ : trauðr ‘reluctant’ (l. 6); góðr ‘good’ : illr ‘bad’ (l. 8). Again, if the adjectives qualify different nouns and the adverbs modify different verbs, the meaning of the clauses in this stanza is reversed (see Note to st. 55 [All]). — [7-8]: These lines must refer back to the first clause in st. 55, and l. 8 is a verbal repetition of st. 55/2. Here the second poet solves the riddle presented to him by the first poet. See Note to st. 55/1. For the motif ‘good to people, bad to gold’, see also Bragi Frag 6.
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