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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Tindr Hákdr 5I/5 — Hrauðnis ‘of Hrauðnir’

Fór*at jarl — en ára
*endr hermǫrum kenndi
Gǫndlar dóm* — at glaumi
geirs tírarfǫr meiri,
unz þás hrauð, en Hrauðnis,
hjaldrs, ræsik þat gjǫldum,
†nunnar fús á mæti†
meiðr víkinga skeiðar.

Jarl fór*at meiri tírarfǫr at glaumi geirs — en kenndi *endr hermǫrum ára dóm* Gǫndlar —, unz þás meiðr hjaldrs hrauð skeiðar víkinga †nunnar fús á mæti†, en ræsik þat gjǫldum Hrauðnis.

The jarl did not make a greater expedition of glory in the revelry of the spear [BATTLE] — and he again taught the war-horses of oars [SHIPS] the judgement of Gǫndul <valkyrie> [BATTLE] — until the time when the tree of battle [WARRIOR = Hákon] cleared the warships of the vikings … , and I declare that in the recompenses of Hrauðnir <giant> [POETRY].


[5] Hrauðnis: hauðri 510


[5, 6] gjǫldum Hrauðnis ‘in the recompenses of Hrauðnir <giant> [POETRY]’: The reference is to the myth of the mead of poetry as told in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 3, and see Note to Eskál Vell 1 [All]); cf. another poetry-kenning containing gjǫld n. pl. in Eyv Hál 1/3-4. The heiti Hrauðnir occurs solely in þulur, once for a giant (Þul Jǫtna I 1/6III) and once for a sea-king (Þul Sækonunga 2/8III, and see Note).




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