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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Innsteinn Innkv 6VIII (Hálf 24)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 24 (Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Innsteinskviða 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 323.

Innsteinn GunnlaðarsonInnsteinskviða

text and translation

Þat dreymði mik         þriðja sinni,
at vér í kaf niðr         komnir værim.
Eiga mun allstórt         um at véla;
hvat kveðr þú, þengill,         þann draum vita?

Þat dreymði mik þriðja sinni, at vér værim komnir niðr í kaf. Allstórt mun eiga um at véla; hvat kveðr þú, þengill, þann draum vita?
‘The third time I dreamed that we were deeply immersed in water. Something very great will have to be dealt with; 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 11: AII, 260, BII, 280-1, Skald II, 147; Hálf 1864, 19-20, Hálf 1909, 105, FSGJ 2, 112, Hálf 1981, 118, 181-2; Edd. Min. 35.


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