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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 6I/7 — Hôalfs ‘of Hálfr’

Ok þess opt
of yngva hreyr
fróða menn
of fregit hafðak,
hvar Dómarr
á dynjanda
bana Hôalfs
of borinn væri.
Núk þat veit,
at verkbitinn
Fjǫlnis niðr
við Fýri brann.

Ok hafðak opt of fregit fróða menn þess of hreyr yngva, hvar Dómarr væri of borinn á dynjanda bana Hôalfs. Núk veit þat, at verkbitinn niðr Fjǫlnis brann við Fýri.

And I had often asked learned men about the burial place of the prince, where Dómarr was carried onto the resounding slayer of Hálfr <legendary king> [FIRE]. Now I know that the pain-bitten descendant of Fjǫlnir <ancestor of the Ynglingar> [= Dómarr] burned near Fyrisån.


[7] Hôalfs: hafs F


[6-7] dynjanda bana Hôalfs ‘the resounding slayer of Hálfr <legendary king> [FIRE]’: This kenning originates from the legend of Hálfr, who is burned alive inside a house along with his men (Hálf, FSGJ 2, 93-134). — [7] Hôalfs ‘of Hálfr <legendary king>’: The mss (exept F) have ‘halfs’, but for metrical reasons most eds have printed a presumed older, etymological form, Hôalfs, deriving from *Hô-alfr (Yng 1912) or Haþuwulafʀ (Noreen 1890, 315-16). The name remains bisyllabic even in later poetry, for vowel contraction was a late development which took place primarily after 1100 (see Finnur Jónsson 1921a, 261).




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