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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 80III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 80’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1091.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

text and translation

Kœnn hlaut lofðungr linna
láð; segik vísa dáðir;
gramr prýddi sá gumna
gjǫfum; kunni sið jǫfra.
Ógnbeiðis naut auðar
ǫld; leyfum bǫr skjaldar,
þvít ljósan veg vísi
vann; nús mælt it sanna.

Kœnn lofðungr hlaut {láð linna}; segik dáðir vísa; sá gramr prýddi gumna gjǫfum; kunni sið jǫfra. Ǫld naut auðar {ógnbeiðis}; leyfum {bǫr skjaldar}, þvít vísi vann ljósan veg; nús it sanna mælt.
‘The clever lord obtained the land of serpents [GOLD]; I recount the ruler’s deeds; that monarch adorned men with gifts; he knew the custom of princes. People enjoyed the wealth of the war-craver [WARRIOR]; we [I] praise the tree of the shield [WARRIOR] because the ruler gained glowing glory; now the truth has been told.

notes and context

As st. 79 above.

For Óláfr’s munificence, see Steinn Óldr 13-16II.



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 40b: AI, 527-8, BI, 508, Skald I, 249, NN §2084; Hl 1941, 31, 97.


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