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Þhorn Harkv 13I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 13’ 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. 107.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiHaraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)
121314

text and translation

‘Annat skulu þær eiga,         ambáttir Ragnhildar,
dísir dramblátar,         at drykkjumôlum,
an ér séð hergaupur,         es Haraldr hafi
sveltar valdreyra*,         en verar þeira bræði.

‘Þær skulu eiga annat, ambáttir Ragnhildar, dramblátar dísir, at drykkjumôlum, an ér séð {hergaupur}, es Haraldr hafi sveltar valdreyra*, en verar þeira bræði.
 
‘‘They shall have other things, Ragnhildr’s ladies-in-waiting, haughty women, for chatter over drink, than that you should see war-lynxes [WOLVES] which Haraldr has starved of the blood of the slain, while their men-folk feed [the wolves].

notes and context

The Danish princess Ragnhildr Eiríksdóttir rejects the offer of Haraldr hárfagri’s hand, disdaining to share his love with his reputed thirty wives and concubines. The Danish courtiers begin to mock Haraldr’s messengers, saying that the Danes have no reason to fear the Norwegian king, and that the ravens and eagles of Denmark will starve if they have to wait for Haraldr to fight (i.e. feed them corpses in battle).

The stanza is ascribed in the ms. to Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, but cf. the following stanza, Note to [All].

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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) 13: AI, 27, BI, 24, Skald I, 15; Fms 10, 194-5, Fms 12, 226, Flat 1860-8, I, 576 (HarHárf); Möbius 1860, 229, Jón Helgason 1946, 146, Jón Helgason 1968, 18.

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