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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Innsteinn Innkv 2VIII (Hálf 16)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 16 (Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Innsteinskviða 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 318.

Innsteinn GunnlaðarsonInnsteinskviða

text and translation

Sér ekki þú allan         Ásmundar hug;
hefir fylkir sá         flærð í brjósti.
Mundir þú, þengill,         ef vér því réðim,
mági þínum         mjök litt trúa.

Þú sér ekki allan hug Ásmundar; sá fylkir hefir flærð í brjósti. Þú, þengill, mundir trúa mági þínum mjök litt, ef vér réðim því.
‘You do not see Ásmundr’s whole mind; this prince has falsehood in his breast. You, king, should trust your kinsman very little, if it were up to us [me].

notes and context

This stanza is introduced by the words: Innsteinn kvað ‘Innsteinn said’.


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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 6. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hálfssaga VI 3: AII, 259, BII, 279, Skald II, 146; Hálf 1864, 17, Hálf 1909, 100, FSGJ 2, 109, Hálf 1981, 117, 179; Edd. Min. 33.


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