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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Harkv 22I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 22’ 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. 116.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiHaraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)

text and translation

‘At leikurum ok trúðum         hef ek þik lítt fregit;
hverr es ørgáti         þeira Andaðar
        at húsum Haralds?’

‘Ek hef fregit þik lítt at leikurum ok trúðum; hverr es ørgáti þeira Andaðar at húsum Haralds?’
‘‘I have asked you little about jesters and jugglers; what is the hospitality for Andaðr and his fellows in Haraldr’s estate?’

notes and context

In Fsk, this and the following stanza are cited in evidence that Haraldr had entertainers in his retinue.

The valkyrie poses a final 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) 22: AI, 28, BI, 25, Skald I, 16; Fsk 1902-3, 12, ÍF 29, 64 (ch. 2); Möbius 1860, 230, Jón Helgason 1946, 140-1, Jón Helgason 1968, 20-1.


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