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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Run 6II/4 — Hjartar ‘Hartle’

Beit buðlungs hjǫrr
— blóð fell á dǫrr —
— hirð fylgðisk holl —
við Hjartarpoll.
Hugin gladdi heit
— hruðusk Engla beit —
— óx vitnis vín —
valbasta Rín.

Hjǫrr buðlungs beit við Hjartarpoll; blóð fell á dǫrr; holl hirð fylgðisk. Heit Rín valbasta gladdi Hugin; beit Engla hruðusk; vín vitnis óx.

The lord’s sword bit at Hartlepool; blood fell on spears; the faithful retinue persevered. The hot Rhine <river> of sword-hilts [BLOOD] gladdened Huginn <raven>; the ships of the English were cleared; the wolf’s wine [BLOOD] increased.


[4] Hjartar‑: hjarta‑ all others


[4] við Hjartarpoll ‘at Hartlepool’: This prepositional phrase could be construed with any of the three preceding clauses (but see the parallel syntactic constructions in sts 5, 6/1-4, and 7). The spelling of this p. n. in Mork could well reflect the then current pronunciation (recorded as Herterpol in 1196; see Watts 2002, 55 and Townend 1998, 36-8, 95). Hartlepool is located in County Durham on the north-eastern coast of England north of Middlesbrough.



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