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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 4VIII (Hálf 54)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 54 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 348.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Höfðu vér allir         haukmanna lið,
hvar sem fróðhugaðr         frama kostaði.
Gengum vér í gegnum         með grá hjálma
fullstór öll         fóstrlönd níu.

Höfðu[m] vér allir lið haukmanna, hvar sem fróðhugaðr kostaði frama. Vér gengum með grá hjálma í gegnum öll níu fullstór fóstrlönd.
‘We all had a host of hawk-like men, wherever the wise-minded one tried his luck. We went with grey helmets through all nine vast homelands.

notes and context


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 4: AII, 265, BII, 287, Skald II, 151, NN §3192; Hálf 1864, 32, Hálf 1909, 120-1, FSGJ 2, 125, Hálf 1981, 133, 191; Edd. Min. 44.


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