Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 64 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 14)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 355.
Hringr ok Hálfdan, haukar báðir,
réttir dómendr, * Dagr inn prúði,
Stari ok Steingrímr, Styrr ok Gauti;
finnr þú aldri fríðari drengi.
Hringr ok Hálfdan, báðir haukar, réttir dómendr, * Dagr inn prúði, Stari ok Steingrímr, Styrr ok Gauti; þú finnr aldri fríðari drengi.
‘Hringr and Hálfdan, both hawks, just judges, Dagr inn prúði (‘the Courageous’), Stari and Steingrímr, Styrr and Gauti; you will never find finer lads. ’
In the ms. this stanza consists of nine lines. Most eds regard the words Dana þjóðar ‘of the people of the Danes’ (l. 4) which do not seem to make much sense in the context, as a surplus line and cut it out. That has also been done here. Skj B prints the line within square brackets, while Edd. Min. keeps part of the line as dómendr Dana, but deletes réttir ‘just’ (l. 3) and þjóðar ‘of the people’ (l. 4). — [5-6]: The names in this line correspond to those in the prose text (Hálf 1981, 177-8), except that Stúfr is named there instead of Styrr (l. 6). This is probably an error in the verse text, as Styrr has already been named in l. 5 of the previous stanza. Edd. Min. and Hálf 1909 here emend Styrr to Stúfr.
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.
Hringr ok Hálfdan,
Dana þjóðar Dagr hinn pruði Dana þjóðar Dagr hinn pruði,
Stari ok Steingrímr,
Styrr ok Gauti;
finnr þú aldri
Hringur ok haldan haukar bader ʀetter domendr dana þiodar dagur hin ǀ prudi stari ok steíngrimur styr ok gautí finur þu alldri fridari dreingí ǀ
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