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Tindr Hallkelsson (Tindr)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Russell Poole;

Hákonardrápa (Hákdr) - 11

Skj info: Tindr Hallkelsson, Islandsk skjald, d. efter 1015. (AI, 144-7, BI, 136-9).

Skj poems:
1. Drape om Hakon jarl
2. Lausavísur

Tindr Hallkelsson (Tindr), an Icelander, was born around the middle of the tenth century and belonged to the illustrious family of Gilsbekkingar; he bore the nickname inn frœkni ‘the Brave’ (Finnur Jónsson 1886b, 309-10). His father occupied a property called Hallkelsstaðir, according to Harðar saga Grímkelssonar (ÍF 13, 96). Ldn (ÍF 1, 82-3) mentions him as a brother of the chieftain Illugi svarti ‘the Black’ at Gilsbakki, thus paternal uncle of the poet Gunnlaugr ormstunga ‘Serpent-tongue’ (GunnlIV), as noted in Gunnlaugs saga (ÍF 3, 58; cf. ÍF 13, 138). He was also a fifth-generation descendant of the skald Bragi Boddason (BragiIII; ÍF 1, 82) and great-grandfather of Gísl Illugason (GíslII; ÍF 1, 111; cf. ÍF 3, 331). His skills as a poet within this skaldic lineage are discussed by de Vries (1964-7, I, 178). His daughters Jóreiðr and Hallveig and son Þorvaldr are mentioned in Ldn (ÍF 1, 108, 137, 111 respectively); the name of a wife, if any, is not recorded.

Little is known about Tindr’s life and career, the fullest source being the incompletely preserved and historically unreliable Heiðarvíga saga (Heið). Ldn (ÍF 1, 83) notes his part in avenging the death of his brother, perhaps early in his adult life before his time in Norway. Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 256, 280) includes him among the poets affiliated to Hákon jarl Sigurðarson. Both Fsk (‘A’ redaction only, ÍF 29, 131) and the version of Jvs in ms. 510 (Jvs 1879, 82) show him fighting on Hákon’s side at the battle of Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen, c. 985) (cf. Finnur Jónsson 1886b, 309) and as having composed Hákonardrápa, his main surviving work, as a detailed narrative on that theme, probably shortly after the action (LH I, 536). There are no reliable reports of his serving other rulers. The statement in Harðar saga (ÍF 13, 36) that places him in Norway as early as the reign of Haraldr gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’ (c. 961-c. 970) can be dismissed on chronological grounds (LH I, 536; ÍF 13, 96 n. 4). After his return to Iceland Tindr played a prominent role in the famous Heiðarvíg ‘Battle of the heath’ (c. 1015), as reported in Heið (ÍF 3, 298). The saga (ÍF 3, 307) includes two lausavísur spoken by him as he lies severely wounded in the battle (Tindr Lv 1-2V (Heið 14-15)); his death apparently followed shortly afterwards.

Hákonardrápa — Tindr HákdrI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 336.

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Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl, o. 987 (AI, 144-7, BI, 136-8)

in texts: Hkr, Jvs, ÓT, ÓTC, Skm, SnE

SkP info: I, 336

notes: Group should really be A1

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

1 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 1 [Vol. 1, 338] — Tindr Hákdr 1I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Varða gims sem gerði
Gerðr bjúglima herða
(gnýr óx Fjǫlnis fúra)
farlig sæing jarli,
þás hringfôum Hanga
hrynserk Viðurr brynju,
hruðusk riðmarar Róða
rastar, varð at kasta.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 1 (AI, 144-5; BI, 136); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 39, 510, 54, 61, 761bx, A, Bb, C, F, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Jvs 9, ÓT 83, ÓTC 36, Skm 230
 
2 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 2 [Vol. 1, 341] — Tindr Hákdr 2I

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Gatat óhræðinn æðru
(oddgaldrs) ok Sigvaldi
(vítt hykk vætti-Njóta)
viðrnám Búi (kvômu),
áðr mótrǫðuls mœttu
magnendr gymis vagna
(sǫng at sverða þingi
sarla) þrœnzkum jarli.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 2 (AI, 145; BI, 136); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 10
 
3 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 3 [Vol. 1, 343] — Tindr Hákdr 3I

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Dreif at Viðris veðri
(vargi) grimmu (mǫrgum
varð auðfundit virði
valgagls) þrimu hagli,
þars í sundr á sandi
Sǫrla blés fyr jarli
(þess hefr seggja sessi)
serk hringofinn (merki).

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 3 (AI, 145; BI, 136); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 39, 510, 54, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Jvs 11, ÓT 84, ÓTC 37
 
4 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 4 [Vol. 1, 345] — Tindr Hákdr 4I

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Vann á Vinða sinni
verðbjóðr hugins ferðar
(beit sólgagarr seilar)
sverðs eggja spor (leggi),
áðr hjǫrmeiðir hrjóða
(hætting vas þat) mætti
leiðar langra skeiða
(liðs) halfan tøg þriðja.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 4 (AI, 145-6; BI, 136-7); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 39, 510, 54, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Jvs 12, ÓT 100, ÓTC 38
 
5 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 5 [Vol. 1, 347] — Tindr Hákdr 5I

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Fórat jarl enn ára
endr hermǫrum kendi
Gǫndlar dóms at glaumi
geirs tírar fǫr meiri,
en þás hrauð (en Hrauðnis)
hjaldrs (ræsik þat gjǫldum)
mærðar fúss á Mœri
meiðr víkinga skeiðar.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 5 (AI, 146; BI, 137); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 13
 
6 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 6 [Vol. 1, 348] — Tindr Hákdr 6I

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Gerðusk, Gǫndlar borða
glaumr óx, þar es, naumu,
auði grimms of eyðis
ǫll lǫnd Dana brandi;
kent hefr heggr at hǫggva
hræbirtinga sævar
veðreggjǫndum viggja
veggs niðr of þat skeggi.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 6 (AI, 146; BI, 137); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 14
 
7 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 7 [Vol. 1, 350] — Tindr Hákdr 7I

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Saddi jarl, þars odda
ofþing saman gingu,
vann hanga vals hungri,
hrafna, fylkis nafni;
morðskýja varð mávi
Mistar gótt til vista
heiðins dóms at háða
hríð við markar síðu.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 7 (AI, 146; BI, 137); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 15
 
8 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 8 [Vol. 1, 351] — Tindr Hákdr 8I

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Þá veit ǫld, meðan aldir
Yggs, hræva, man byggva,
gnótt þess's gǫglum veitti
glæs, Hôkonar ævi;
því hykk bitrum beita
bǫnd at vildu landi
hyrs lá-reiði lýða
letr hverjum gram betra.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 8 (AI, 146; BI, 137-8); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 16
 
9 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 9 [Vol. 1, 353] — Tindr Hákdr 9I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hrauð, en Hroptr of náði,
hjaldrskýja, val nýjum,
(þar vas) lundr (fyr landi
leiðangr) Dana skeiðar.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 9 (AI, 147; BI, 138); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 17
 
10 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 10 [Vol. 1, 354] — Tindr Hákdr 10I

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Þás fyr borð á Barða
bǫðvar fangs at ganga,
veðrmagnanda Viðris,
virðendr Búa kendu,
mikinn gerði herr hjǫrva
hljóm, es runnu sunnan
bauga skeiðr at breiðu
Baldrs Hôkonar valdi.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 10 (AI, 147; BI, 138); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 18
 
11 Vol. 1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 11 [Vol. 1, 356] — Tindr Hákdr 11I

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Undr es þreytt, ef, Þundi,
þann kendi val, 's sendi
golls samnandi, gumna,
Goðmarr, hræum fjarri.

Skj: Tindr Hallkelsson: 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 11 (AI, 147; BI, 138); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: B; mss: 510; texts: Jvs 19
 
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