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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Úlfrauð Útkv 2VIII (Hálf 42)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 42 (Úlfr inn rauði, Útsteinskviða 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 338.

Úlfr inn rauðiÚtsteinskviða

Úlfs ‘Úlfr’s’

3. Ulfr (noun m.): Úlfr


Oddr ‘Oddr’

Oddr (noun m.)


Örnólfr ‘Ǫrnólfr’

Ǫrnolfr (noun m.)


svarti ‘svarti (‘the Black’)’

svartr (adj.): black


Börkr ‘Bǫrkr’

Bǫrkr (noun m.)


Brynjólfr ‘Brynjólfr’

Brynjólfr (noun m.)


Harðskafi ‘Harðskafi’

harðskafi (noun m.)


Rauðr ‘Rauðr’

Rauðr (noun m.)


þú ‘you’

þú (pron.; °gen. þín, dat. þér, acc. þik): you


[8] þú ‘you’: Some eds (Skj B, Skald and Hálf 1909) omit this pron. for metrical reasons.


til ‘an attempt’

til (prep.): to


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

[1-2]: Both these lines are irregular metrically, l. 1 being hypermetrical, and l. 2 hypometrical. Previous eds have rearranged them in various ways in order to achieve metrical regularity; Edd. Min., Hálf 1909 and Skj B have Munu Úlfs synir | øfri verða, while Skald has Munu þeir øfri, | Úlfs synir, verða, but this latter is unmetrical.


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