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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Innsteinn Innkv 15VIII (Hálf 35)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 35 (Innsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Innsteinskviða 15)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 332.

Innsteinn GunnlaðarsonInnsteinskviða

text and translation

Hrókr er fallinn         með hertoga,
frækn at fótum         fólks oddvita.
Eigum Óðni         ilt at gjalda,
er hann slíkan konung         sigri rænti.

Hrókr er fallinn með hertoga, frækn at fótum {oddvita fólks}. Eigum at gjalda Óðni ilt, er hann rænti slíkan konung sigri.
‘Hrókr has fallen with the army-commander, valiant at the feet of the leader of the army [KING = Hálfr]. We have to repay Óðinn for evil, as he deprived such a king of victory.

notes and context

This stanza is preceded by a prose paragraph, describing how those of the Hálfsrekkar, who had stayed behind, come up from the ships. Many of them are killed. The battle continues until dark, before Innsteinn is slain. The 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 VII 7: AII, 262, BII, 283, Skald II, 148; Hálf 1864, 25, Hálf 1909, 110, FSGJ 2, 117, Hálf 1981, 126, 185; Edd. Min. 37.


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