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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 13VIII (Hálf 63)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 63 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 13)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 354.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Mest váru mér         manna hugðir
Hrókr, bróðir minn,         ok Hálfr konungr,
Styrr ok Steinar,         sterkir báðir,
snarráðir menn,         synir Gunnlaðar.

Mest hugðir manna mér váru Hrókr, bróðir minn, ok Hálfr konungr, Styrr ok Steinar, báðir sterkir, snarráðir menn, synir Gunnlaðar.
‘Most friendly of [all] men towards me were Hrókr, my brother, and King Hálfr, Styrr and [the two] Steinar, both strong, resolute men, the sons of Gunnlǫð.

notes and context

[5-6]: Some eds have rearranged these lines, to conform better to the prose text, which mentions a Styrr hinn sterki ‘the Strong’ (Hálf 1981, 177, ch. 5, l. 17); Hálf 1864 has Styrr hinn sterki ok Steinar báðir, while Edd. Min. and Hálf 1909 have Styrr enn sterki, Steinar báðir, Hálf 1909 omitting the comma.


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 13: AII, 267, BII, 289, Skald II, 152; Hálf 1864, 34-5, Hálf 1909, 125, FSGJ 2, 127-8, Hálf 1981, 134, 193; Edd. Min. 46.


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