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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Harkv 18I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 18’ 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. 112.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiHaraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)

text and translation

‘At skalda reiðu vil ek þik spyrja,         alls þykkisk skil vita;
greppa ferðir         þú munt gǫrla kunna,
        þeira es með Haraldi hafask.’

‘Ek vil spyrja þik at reiðu skalda, alls þykkisk vita skil; þú munt kunna gǫrla ferðir greppa, þeira es hafask með Haraldi.’
‘‘I want to ask you about the equipment of skalds, since you seem to have knowledge; you must know all about the companies of poets who reside with Haraldr.’

notes and context

As for st. 15.

The valkyrie asks a further question. — [3-5]: Here the metre changes from málaháttr to ljóðaháttr.



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) 18: AI, 27-8, BI, 24, Skald I, 15; Fsk 1902-3, 10, ÍF 29, 62-3 (ch. 2); Möbius 1860, 230, Jón Helgason 1946, 138-9, Jón Helgason 1968, 19-20.


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