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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Haustl 16III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Haustlǫng 16’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 456.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniHaustlǫng

text and translation

Þyrmðit Baldrs of barmi
(berg) solgnum þar dolgi
(hristusk bjǫrg ok brustu)
— brann upphiminn — manna.
Mjǫk frák móti hrøkkva
myrkbeins Haka reinar,
þás vígligan, vagna
vátt, sinn bana þátti.

{Of barmi Baldrs} þyrmðit þar {solgnum dolgi manna}; berg hristusk ok bjǫrg brustu; upphiminn brann. Frák {vátt {vagna {myrkbeins {reinar Haka}}}} hrøkkva mjǫk móti, þás þátti vígligan bana sinn.
‘The brother of Baldr [= Þórr] did not spare there the greedy enemy of men [GIANT = Hrungnir]; rocks were shaken and crags burst apart; the heaven above burnt. I have heard that the knower of killer whales of the dark bone of the land of Haki <sea-king> [SEA > ROCK > GIANTS > GIANT = Hrungnir] moved very violently in opposition, when he recognised his warlike slayer.

notes and context

As for st. 14.



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: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski, 2. Haustlǫng 16: AI, 19, BI, 17, Skald I, 11, NN §§141, 226, 1813, 2409, 2505, 2506, 3097A; SnE 1848-87, I, 280-1, III, 21-2, SnE 1931, 104, SnE 1998, I, 23.


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