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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 6III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1014.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Ór skôru þá œrit
Atla menn til hvatla
harðir hjǫrva Nirðir
hjarta ógnarbjǫrtum.
Heldr Gunnari ldu
hjǫrþings framir bǫrvar
— hann fekk harma sinna —
hugbyggð vegins tyggja.

Menn Atla, {harðir Nirðir hjǫrva}, skôru þá hjarta œrit til hvatla ór ógnarbjǫrtum. {Framir bǫrvar {hjǫrþings}} ldu heldr {hugbyggð} vegins tyggja Gunnari; hann fekk harma sinna.
‘Atli’s men, the harsh Nirðir <gods> of swords [WARRIORS], then cut the heart much too quickly out of the battle-cheerful one [Hǫgni]. The aggressive trees of the sword-assembly [BATTLE > WARRIORS] praised very much the mind-settlement [HEART] of the slain lord to Gunnarr; he got [compensation] for his griefs.

notes and context

The hero praised is the same as in st. 5.



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 3b: AI, 513, BI, 488-9, Skald I, 239, NN §490; Hl 1941, 34, 40-2.


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