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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 17VIII (Hálf 67)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 67 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 17)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 357.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Vá bar Vémundr,         er vega þorði,
— Björn ok Bersi —         fyrir buðlungi.
Fylkði sínu         sá framligast
lofðungr liði,         meðan lifa mátti.

Vémundr, er vega þorði, bar vá fyrir buðlungi — Björn ok Bersi —. Sá lofðungr fylkði liði sínu framligast, meðan mátti lifa.
‘Vémundr, who dared to fight, endured danger for the prince [and so did] Bjǫrn and Bersi. That king drew up his troops most excellently, as long as he lived.

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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 17: AII, 267, BII, 289, Skald II, 152; Hálf 1864, 36, Hálf 1909, 126-7, FSGJ 2, 129, Hálf 1981, 134-5, 194; Edd. Min. 47.


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