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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnH Lv 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sneglu-Halli, Lausavísur 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 326-7.


text and translation

Grís þá greppr at ræsi
gruntrauðustum dauðan;
Njǫrðr sér bǫrg á borði
bauglands fyr sér standa.
Runa síður lítk rauðar;
ræðk skjótgǫrvu kvæði;
rana hefr seggr af svíni
— send heill, konungr! — brenndan.

Greppr þá dauðan grís at gruntrauðustum ræsi; {Njǫrðr {bauglands}} sér bǫrg standa fyr sér á borði. Lítk rauðar síður runa; ræðk skjótgǫrvu kvæði; seggr hefr brenndan rana af svíni; send heill, konungr!
‘The poet got a dead pig from the most deceit-shy monarch; the Njǫrðr <god> of the shield-boss land [SHIELD > WARRIOR] sees a boar standing before him on the table. I see the red sides of the pig; I produce a quickly composed poem; a man has singed the snout off the swine; thanks for the helping, king!

notes and context

Halli, who has fallen out of favour with King Haraldr, must redeem himself by composing a st. about a roasted pig, which the Frisian dwarf Túta carries across the hall. King Haraldr stipulates that, unless the st. is finished before Túta crosses the floor, Halli will face death.



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: Sneglu- [Grautar-] Halli, 2. Lausavísur 5: AI, 389, BI, 359, Skald I, 180; ÍF 9, 275 (Snegl ch. 5), Mork 1867, 96, Mork 1928-32, 238-9, Andersson and Gade 2000, 246-7, 479 (MH); Fms 6, 365 (HSig ch. 102); Flat 1860-8, III, 420 (Snegl).


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