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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Harkv 19I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 19’ 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. 113.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiHaraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)

text and translation

‘Á gerðum sér þeira         ok á gollbaugum,
        at þeir eru í kunnleikum við konung:
feldum ráða þeir rauðum,         fôðum rǫndum,
sverðum silfrvǫfðum,         serkjum hringofnum,
gyltum andfetlum         ok grǫfnum hjǫlmum,
hringum handbærum,         es þeim Haraldr valði.’

‘Sér á gerðum þeira ok á gollbaugum, at þeir eru í kunnleikum við konung: þeir ráða rauðum feldum, fôðum rǫndum, sverðum silfrvǫfðum, serkjum hringofnum, gyltum andfetlum ok grǫfnum hjǫlmum, hringum handbærum, es Haraldr valði þeim.’
‘‘One sees from their gear, and from their gold rings, that they are on friendly terms with the king: they possess red cloaks, painted shields, swords wrapped with silver [wires], mail-shirts woven with rings, gilded sword-straps and engraved helmets, rings, which Haraldr chose for them’.

notes and context

As for st. 15.

The raven replies. — [4-11]: Here the metre changes from ljóðaháttr to málaháttr.



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) 19: AI, 28, BI, 24-5, Skald I, 15-16, NN §3206; Fsk 1902-3, 10-11, ÍF 29, 63 (ch. 2); Möbius 1860, 230, Jón Helgason 1946, 139, Jón Helgason 1968, 20.


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