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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Innsteinn Innkv 5VIII (Hálf 22)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 22 (Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Innsteinskviða 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 322.

Innsteinn GunnlaðarsonInnsteinskviða

text and translation

Enn dreymði mik         öðru sinni;
hugða ek á öxlum         elda brenna.
Gruna tek ek nökkut,         at þat gott viti;
hvat kveðr þú, þengill,         þann draum vita?

Enn dreymði mik öðru sinni; ek hugða elda brenna á öxlum. Ek tek gruna nökkut, at þat viti gott; hvat kveðr þú, þengill, þann draum vita?
‘I dreamed again a second time; I thought fires were burning on the shoulders [of our men]. I am becoming rather doubtful that this is a good omen; what do you say, king, that dream means?

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 9: AII, 260, BII, 280, Skald II, 147; Hálf 1864, 19, Hálf 1909, 103-4, FSGJ 2, 111-12, Hálf 1981, 181; Edd. Min. 34.


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