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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 12VIII (Hálf 62)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 62 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 353.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Margir váru         menn á skeiðum
góðir ok fræknir         með gram sjálfum:
Börkr ok Brynjólfr,         Bölverkr ok Haki,
Egill ok Erlingr,         Ásláks synir.

Margir góðir ok fræknir menn váru á skeiðum með gram sjálfum: Börkr ok Brynjólfr, Bölverkr ok Haki, Egill ok Erlingr, synir Ásláks.
‘Many good and brave men were on the warships with the prince himself: Bǫrkr ok Brynjólfr, Bǫlverkr and Haki, Egill and Erlingr, sons of Áslákr.

notes and context

The prose text (Hálf 1981, 177, ch. 5, ll. 13-14, 17-18) mentions all of the warriors named here, though in a slightly different order: Áslákr hét ríkr bóndi. Hans synir váru þeir Egill ok Erlingr. Þeir váru ágætir menn. … [Þar váru] Börkr ok Brynjólfr, Bölverkr ok Haki … ‘Áslákr was the name of a powerful farmer. His sons were Egill and Erlingr. They were fine men. … [There were] Bǫrkr and Brynjólfr, Bǫlverkr and Haki …’.


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 12: AII, 266, BII, 288-9, Skald II, 152; Hálf 1864, 34, Hálf 1909, 124-5, FSGJ 2, 127, Hálf 1981, 193; Edd. Min. 46.


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