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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 14III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill 14’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1022.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr ÞórarinssonHáttalykill

þá vas rít
roðin hvít.
Hjǫrva hríð

… skjǫld
siklings ǫld.

… þá vas hvít rít roðin. {Hríð hjǫrva} … skjǫld ǫld siklings.

… then the white shield was reddened. {The storm of swords} [BATTLE] … the shield the lord’s life.

Mss: papp25ˣ(42v), R683ˣ(126v)

Editions: Skj AI, 515, Skj BI, 490, Skald I, 240; Hl 1941, 35, 49-51.

Context: As st. 13 above.

Notes: [All]: The versions of this stanza in Skj and Skald are problematic (see Note to st. 13 [All]). — [6-7]: These lines cannot be reconstructed, but Jón Helgason (Hl 1941) conjectures harða kníð | sneiddi skjǫld ‘forcefully waged | cut the shield’. — [8] ǫld ‘life’: This can also mean ‘people’, but the word usually occurs in the pl. (aldir) with that meaning.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Hl 1941 = Jón Helgason and Anne Holtsmark, eds. 1941. Háttalykill enn forni. BA 1. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.

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