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.
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. ’
[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.
Huergi þ ǀ otti eg j þui lidi opt audkuisi æ̋ttar minar mik kuodu þeir maɴ ǀ snarpaztan þuiat huer audrum hrodurs leítadi
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