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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hróksv Hrkv 22VIII (Hálf 72)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 72 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða 22)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 360.

Hrókr inn svartiHrókskviða

text and translation

Hefnt mun verða         Hálfs ins frækna,
því at þeir göfgan gram         í griðum véltu.
Olli morði         ok mannskaða
Ásmundr konungr         illu heilli.

Hálfs ins frækna mun verða hefnt, því at þeir véltu göfgan gram í griðum. Ásmundr konungr olli morði ok mannskaða illu heilli.
‘Hálfr the valiant will be avenged, for they betrayed the noble king in a time of truce. Through an evil fate, King Ásmundr caused murder and loss of life.

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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 22: AII, 268, BII, 290, Skald II, 153; Hálf 1864, 38, Hálf 1909, 129, FSGJ 2, 130, Hálf 1981, 195-6; Edd. Min. 47-8.


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