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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 66III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 66’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1074.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Siklingr lét þar sveita
— sveit fylkis rauð hneiti —
bǫðvar skýrstr í bráði
bráðmôl lituð stála.
Vann blóðroðin benja
benflœðr skolat rœði;
sóknbôru* gat sára
sárvǫrðr þvegit árar.

Þar lét siklingr, skýrstr bǫðvar, bráðmôl stála lituð sveita í bráði; sveit fylkis rauð hneiti. {Benflœðr} vann skolat {blóðroðin rœði benja}; {sárvǫrðr} gat þvegit {árar sára} {sóknbôru*}.
‘There the lord, wisest in war, let welded patterns of swords be coloured with gore in haste; the company of the leader reddened the sword. The wound-flood [BLOOD] rinsed the blood-reddened paddle of wounds [SWORD]; the wound-guardian [WARRIOR] washed oars of wounds [SWORDS] with the battle-wave [BLOOD].

notes and context

As st. 65 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 33b: AI, 525, BI, 504, Skald I, 247, NN §§985, 2080; Hl 1941, 30, 85-7.


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