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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Marm Lv 5VIII (Hálf 10)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 10 (Marmennill, Lausavísur 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 313.


text and translation

Bresta mun baugröst,
brá mær augum
um heruð hingat
hegna til þegna.
Hafa skal hverr drengr
hjörnjóts mörg spjót,
áðr komi mikil fram
málmahríð síðan.

{Baugröst} mun bresta, mær brá augum um heruð hingat til þegna hegna. Hverr drengr {hjörnjóts} skal hafa mörg spjót, áðr {mikil málmahríð} komi fram síðan.
‘The ring-path [SHIELD] will break, the girl flashed her eyes around the district hither to the men of the defenders. Each brave fellow of the sword-user [WARRIOR] must have many spears, before a great weapon-storm [BATTLE] will then ensue.

notes and context

This stanza is metrically highly irregular, with ll. 2-3 and 5 in fornyrðislag, and the remainder in various metres that Snorri Sturluson exemplified in SnSt Ht 74-8III; l. 4 is tøglag.



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 4: AII, 258, BII, 278, Skald II, 145, NN §2381; Hálf 1864, 11, Hálf 1909, 85, FSGJ 2, 103, Hálf 1981, 114-15, 175; Edd. Min. 91.


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