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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 21VIII (Hálf 71)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 71 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 359.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Alls mundi mér         angrs léttara,
ef ek Hálfs konungs         hefna mættak,
svá at Ásmundi         eggfránum hjör,
bana baugbrjóts,         brjóst rauf*aðak.

Mér mundi léttara alls angrs, ef ek mættak hefna Hálfs konungs, svá at rauf*aðak brjóst Ásmundi, bana {baugbrjóts}, eggfránum hjör.
‘I would be eased of all grief, if I could avenge King Hálfr, so that I would pierce the breast of Ásmundr, slayer of the ring-breaker [GENEROUS RULER = Hálfr], with a sharp-edged sword.

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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 21: AII, 268, BII, 290, Skald II, 153; Hálf 1864, 37-8, Hálf 1909, 128-9, FSGJ 2, 130, Hálf 1981, 135, 195; Edd. Min. 47.


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