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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 3VIII (Hálf 53)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 53 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 347.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Mín var ævi         miklu æðri,
þá er vér Hálfi konungi         hoskum fylgðum.
Bárum allir         eitt ráð saman
ok herjuðum         hvert land yfir.

Ævi mín var miklu æðri, þá er vér fylgðum hoskum Hálfi konungi. Bárum allir eitt ráð saman ok herjuðum yfir hvert land.
‘My life was much superior, when we followed prudent king Hálfr. We all pursued the same strategy and harried throughout every land.

notes and context

[3]: This line is hypermetrical, even if the ms.’s late form kóngi (for konungi ‘king’) is retained. It is therefore likely that the word kóngi is a later addition, and that the line originally read þá er vér Hálfi, as has been emended by Edd. Min., Skj B and Skald.


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 IX 3: AII, 265, BII, 287, Skald II, 150; Hálf 1864, 31-2, Hálf 1909, 120, FSGJ 2, 124-5, Hálf 1981, 191; Edd. Min. 44.


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