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Hálfr Innkv 6VIII (Hálf 25)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 25 (Hálfr Hjǫrleifsson, Innsteinskviða 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 324.

Hálfr HjǫrleifssonInnsteinskviða
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talaðr ‘been going on’

3. tala (verb): speak, talk

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ekki ‘nothing’

2. ekki (adv.): not

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undir ‘in such talk’

undir (prep.): under

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slíku ‘there’

2. slíkr (adj.): such

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svá ‘in’

svá (adv.): so, thus

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[6] svá at heyri ‘in an audible manner’: Lit. ‘so that it can be heard’.

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at ‘an’

4. at (conj.): that

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[6] svá at heyri ‘in an audible manner’: Lit. ‘so that it can be heard’.

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heyri ‘audible manner’

2. heyra (verb): hear

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[6] svá at heyri ‘in an audible manner’: Lit. ‘so that it can be heard’.

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í ‘this’

í (prep.): in, into

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[8] síðan í degi ‘later this day’: Kock (NN §3188) disapproves of Finnur Jónsson’s translation in Skj B, aldrig merenogen dag ‘never more … any day’ of síðan í degi and suggests mera i dag ‘more today’. Cf. Hálf 12/6.

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degi ‘day’

dagr (noun m.; °-s, dat. degi/dag/dagi(Thom¹ 332¹‡n.); -ar): day

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[8] síðan í degi ‘later this day’: Kock (NN §3188) disapproves of Finnur Jónsson’s translation in Skj B, aldrig merenogen dag ‘never more … any day’ of síðan í degi and suggests mera i dag ‘more today’. Cf. Hálf 12/6.

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síðan ‘later’

síðan (adv.): later, then

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[8] síðan í degi ‘later this day’: Kock (NN §3188) disapproves of Finnur Jónsson’s translation in Skj B, aldrig merenogen dag ‘never more … any day’ of síðan í degi and suggests mera i dag ‘more today’. Cf. Hálf 12/6.

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

Hálfr’s mistrust and dismissal of Innsteinn’s foreboding dreams must surely make him appear reckless in an Old Norse tradition in which prophetic dreams were regarded as important indicators of events to come (see, among others, Turville-Petre 1972b). This inference is confirmed correct by Innsteinn’s generous suggestion below, (Hálf 26/7-8), that the warriors should absolve Hálfr from any blame for his words.

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