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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

Fulllangt er sjá         fíflskapr talaðr;
vera kveð ek ekki         undir slíku.
Seg þú öngva,         svá at heyri,
drauma þína         í degi síðan.

Sjá fíflskapr er fulllangt talaðr; ek kveð ekki vera undir slíku. Seg þú öngva drauma þína síðan í degi, svá at heyri.

This foolish talk has been going on for too long; I say there is nothing in such talk. Do not tell any of your dreams in an audible manner later this day.

Mss: 2845(36r) (Hálf)

Editions: Skj AII, 260, Skj BII, 281, Skald II, 147, NN §3188; Hálf 1864, 20, Hálf 1909, 105, FSGJ 2, 113, Hálf 1981, 118, 182; Edd. Min. 35­.

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

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


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. FSGJ = Guðni Jónsson, ed. 1954. Fornaldar sögur norðurlanda. 4 vols. [Reykjavík]: Íslendingasagnaútgáfan.
  6. Edd. Min. = Heusler, Andreas and Wilhelm Ranisch, eds. 1903. Eddica Minora: Dichtungen eddischer Art aus den Fornaldarsögur und anderen Prosawerken. Dortmund: Ruhfus. Rpt. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
  7. Turville-Petre, Gabriel. 1972b. ‘Dreams in Icelandic Tradition’. In Turville-Petre 1972a, 30-51. Rpt. with a postscript; originally published in Folklore 69 (1958), 93-111.
  8. Hálf 1981 = Seelow, Hubert, ed. 1981. Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka. RSÁM 20. Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar.
  9. Hálf 1864 = Bugge, Sophus, ed. 1864. Saga af Hálfi ok Hálfsrekkum. Norrøne Skrifter af sagnhistorisk Indhold 1. Christiania (Oslo): Det Nordiske Oldskriftselskab.
  10. Hálf 1909 = Andrews, A. Le Roy, ed. 1909. Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka. ASB 14. Halle: Niemeyer.
  11. Internal references
  12. Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 12 (Marmennill, Lausavísur 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 314.
  13. Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 26 (Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Innsteinskviða 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 325.

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