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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Harkv 9I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 9’ 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. 103.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiHaraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)

text and translation

‘Freistuðu ins framráða,         es þeim flýja kenndi,
allvalds austmanna,         es býr at Útsteini.
Stóðum Nǫkkva brá stillir,         es honum vas styrjar væni;
hlǫmmun vas á hlífum,         áðr Haklangr felli.

‘Freistuðu {ins framráða allvalds austmanna}, es kenndi þeim flýja, es býr at Útsteini. Stillir brá {stóðum Nǫkkva}, es honum vas væni styrjar; hlǫmmun vas á hlífum, áðr Haklangr felli.
‘‘They tested the forward-striving mighty ruler of the Norwegians [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr], who taught them to flee, who resides at Utstein. The ruler set in motion the stud-horses of Nǫkkvi <sea-king> [SHIPS] when he expected combat; there was thundering on shields before Haklangr fell.

notes and context

As for st. 7.



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) 9: AI, 26, BI, 23, Skald I, 14-15; Hkr 1777-1826, I, 95, VI, 17, Hkr 1868, 62, Hkr 1893-1901, I, 124, IV, 35, ÍF 26, 116, Hkr 1991, I, 72 (HHárf ch. 18/19), F 1871, 48; Fsk 1902-3, 16-17 (ch. 2), ÍF 29, 68 (ch. 3); Fms 10, 190-1, Fms 12, 225-6, Flat 1860-8, I, 574 (HarHárf); Möbius 1860, 229, Jón Helgason 1946, 143-4, Jón Helgason 1968, 17-18.


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