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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 16VIII (Hálf 66)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 66 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 16)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 356.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Hvergi þótti ek         í því liði
opt aukvisi         ættar minnar.
Mik kváðu þeir         mann snarpastan,
þvíat hverr öðrum         hróðrs leitaði.

Ek þótti hvergi opt aukvisi ættar minnar í því liði. Þeir kváðu mik snarpastan mann, þvíat hverr leitaði öðrum hróðrs.
‘I was by no means often thought to be a degenerate [member] of my family in that troop. They called me the most dashing man, for each sought for praise for the other.

notes and context

[1-4]: Hrókr understates his considerable merits, ‘I was by no means often thought to be a degenerate member of my family’, i.e. ‘I was never thought a degenerate family member’. This statement probably reflects upon a semi-proverbial formula einn er aukvisi hverrar ættar ‘there is one degenerate in every family’ (cf. Fritzner: aukvisi).


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 16: AII, 267, BII, 289, Skald II, 152, FF §30; Hálf 1864, 36, Hálf 1909, 126, FSGJ 2, 128-9, Hálf 1981, 194; Edd. Min. 46.


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