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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Marm Lv 4VIII (Hálf 9)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 9 (Marmennill, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 312.


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Hefir sér á höfði         hjálm upp spenntan,
herkuml harðligt         Heðins af létta.
Skammt mun sveinum         — sé þat, sem er —
hildar at bíða         hér á ferli.

Hefir sér á höfði upp spenntan hjálm {harðligt herkuml Heðins}, af létta. Sveinum mun skammt at bíða hildar hér á ferli; sé þat, sem er.
‘On her head she has clasped with ease a helmet, the hard war token of Heðinn <legendary hero> [HELMET]. The lads will have to wait a short time for war to be on its way here. I see it as it is.

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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 IV 3: AII, 258, BII, 277-8, Skald II, 145; Hálf 1864, 10, Hálf 1909, 84-5, FSGJ 2, 103, Hálf 1981, 114, 174-5; Edd. Min. 91.


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