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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Harkv 11I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 11’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 106.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiHaraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)

text and translation

‘Á baki létu blíkja         — barðir vôru grjóti —
Sváfnis salnæfrar         seggir hyggjandi.
Œstusk austkylfur         ok of Jaðar hljópu
heim ór Hafrsfirði         ok hugðu á mjǫðdrykkju.

‘Hyggjandi seggir létu {{Sváfnis sal}næfrar} blíkja á baki; vôru barðir grjóti. Austkylfur œstusk ok hljópu of Jaðar, heim ór Hafrsfirði, ok hugðu á mjǫðdrykkju.
‘‘Sensible men made shingles of the hall of Sváfnir <= Óðinn> [(lit. ‘hall-shingles of Sváfnir’) = Valhǫll > SHIELDS] gleam on their backs [in flight]; they were pelted with stones. The east-cudgels were stirred up and ran across Jæren, homewards from Hafrsfjorden, and concentrated on mead-drinking.

notes and context

In Fsk, Hkr and Flat, as for st. 7. In SnE (Gylf), ll. 1-4 are cited as evidence for the remark that Valhǫll was roofed with shields.

[1-4]: In SnE the helmingr is attributed to Þjóðólfr ór Hvini.



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: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 11: AI, 26, BI, 23, Skald I, 15; Hkr 1777-1826, I, 96, VI, 18, Hkr 1868, 62, Hkr 1893-1901, I, 125, IV, 36, ÍF 26, 117, Hkr 1991, I, 72 (HHárf ch. 18/19), F 1871, 49; Fsk 1902-3, 17 (ch. 2), ÍF 29, 68-9 (ch. 3); Fms 10, 191, Fms 12, 226, Flat 1860-8, I, 574 (HarHárf); SnE 1848-87, I, 34-5, SnE 1931, 13, SnE 2005, 7; Möbius 1860, 229, Jón Helgason 1946, 144-5, Jón Helgason 1968, 18.


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