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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 76III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 76’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1086.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Skjǫldr brast skreyttr í hjaldri;
skôrusk randir * brandi;
rít hykk malmar meittu;
mǫrg vôpn … tǫrgur.
Hlífð frák karlmenn kljúfa;
kyn jǫfra skar brynjur;
sungu slǫg við hringa;
sundr brast hjalmr fyr malmi.

Skreyttr skjǫldr brast í hjaldri; randir skôrusk * brandi; hykk malmar meittu rít; mǫrg vôpn … tǫrgur. Frák karlmenn kljúfa hlífð; {kyn jǫfra} skar brynjur; slǫg sungu við hringa; hjalmr brast sundr fyr malmi.
‘The adorned shield burst in the battle; shield-rims were cut by the blade; I believe swords sliced the shield; many weapons … targes. I heard that men split the shield; the kinsman of princes [RULER = Magnús] cut byrnies; weapons sang against byrnie-rings; the helmet burst asunder before the sword.

notes and context

As st. 75 above.

[4]: The missing word must be the pret. tense (pl.) of a strong verb (class 1 or 2, disyllabic with a short stem). Jón Sigurðsson supplied klufu ‘split’, Sveinbjörn Egilsson (SnE 1848, 247) suggested bitu ‘bit’ and Skj B and Skald have slitu ‘tore’. Jón Helgason (Hl 1941) offers sniðu ‘sliced’.



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 38b: AI, 527, BI, 506-7, Skald I, 248, NN §§2082, 2807C; Hl 1941, 31, 93-4.


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