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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Innsteinn Innkv 12VIII (Hálf 32)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 32 (Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Innsteinskviða 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 329.

Innsteinn GunnlaðarsonInnsteinskviða

text and translation

Hart skulum ganga         ok hliða ekki *;
verðr vísis lið         at vega með söxum.
Þeir skulu sjálfir         á sér bera
blóðgar benjar,         áðr braki létti.

Skulum ganga hart ok hliða ekki *; lið vísis verðr at vega með söxum. Þeir sjálfir skulu bera á sér blóðgar benjar, áðr braki létti.
‘We shall go [forth] fast and not give way; the prince’s troop has to fight with swords. They themselves shall bear bloody wounds on their bodies before the din ceases.

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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 VII 4: AII, 261-2, BII, 282, Skald II, 148; Hálf 1864, 23, Hálf 1909, 109, FSGJ 2, 116, Hálf 1981, 124, 184; Edd. Min. 36.


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