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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Útsteinn Útkv 6VIII (Hálf 46)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 46 (Útsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Útsteinskviða 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 341.

Útsteinn GunnlaðarsonÚtsteinskviða

text and translation

Hálfr, dreymði mik,         hvatti, at ek berðumz,
ok kvez mér frækn konungr         fylgja skyldu,
— hefir mér gramr verit         góðr í draumi —
hvar sem vér orrostu         eiga skyldum.

Dreymði mik, Hálfr hvatti, at ek berðumz, ok frækn konungr kvez mér fylgja skyldu, hvar sem vér skyldum eiga orrostu; gramr hefir verit mér góðr í draumi.
‘I dreamed Hálfr urged that I should fight, and the valiant king said that he would follow me, wherever we [I] should have a battle; the prince has been good to me in my dream.

notes and context

Útsteinn now reveals that he has had a dream in which his fallen leader Hálfr has appeared, urging him to fight, and offering his personal support.



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 VIII 9: AII, 264, BII, 285, Skald II, 150, FF §41; Hálf 1864, 29, Hálf 1909, 117, FSGJ 2, 121-2, Hálf 1981, 129, 188-9; Edd. Min. 72.


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