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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Harkv 5I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 5’ 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. 98.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiHaraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)

text and translation

‘Kunna hugða ek þik konung myndu,         þann es á Kvinnum býr,
dróttin Norðmanna;         djúpum ræðr hann kjólum,
roðnum rǫndum         ok rauðum skjǫldum,
tjǫrgum ôrum         ok tjǫldum drifnum.

‘Hugða ek þik myndu kunna konung, þann es býr á Kvinnum, {dróttin Norðmanna}; hann ræðr djúpum kjólum, roðnum rǫndum ok rauðum skjǫldum, tjǫrgum ôrum ok drifnum tjǫldum.
‘‘I thought you would recognise the king, the one who lives at Kvinnar, lord of Norwegians [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr]; he commands deep ships, reddened shield-rims and red shields, tarred oars and foam-spattered awnings.

notes and context

As for st. 1.

For Haraldr’s war-band and life at his court, see also sts 6, 13, 15-23 below, Þjóð Har 1-3, Þjóð Lv 1 and Hhárf Lv 1 . — [1]: Sievers (1879, 296), followed by Sueti (1884, 25) would emend to Kunna munt konung ‘You probably know the king’. 



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) 5: AI, 25, BI, 22, Skald I, 14; Fsk 1902-3, 8, ÍF 29, 61 (ch. 2); Möbius 1860, 228, Jón Helgason 1946, 135-6, Jón Helgason 1968, 16.


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