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Hskv Útdr 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 485-6.

Halldórr skvaldriÚtfarardrápa
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Stór skalk verk, þaus vôru
(Vánar dags) á Spáni,
(prútt lét sløngvir sóttan
Sintré) konungs inna.
Gerðisk heldr við harðan
hermǫnnum gram berjask
grátt, en gǫrva neittu
goðs rétti sér boðnum.

Skalk inna stór verk konungs, þaus vôru á Spáni; {sløngvir {Vánar dags}} lét prútt sóttan Sintré. Gerðisk heldr grátt hermǫnnum berjask við harðan gram, en neittu gǫrva rétti goðs, boðnum sér.

I must tell of the great deeds of the king, which took place in Spain; {the slinger {of Ván’s <river’s> daylight}} [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] proudly attacked Sintra. It turned out to be quite perilous for the warriors to fight against the stern lord, and they completely refused [to accept] the laws of God offered to them.

Mss: (608v-609r), 39(37vb), F(60vb), E(37v), J2ˣ(318r), 42ˣ(17r-v) (Hkr); Mork(25v) (Mork); H(94v), Hr(64va) (H-Hr)

Readings: [1] skalk (‘skal ec’): á ek Mork, skal Hr    [2] Vánar: annars 42ˣ    [3] lét: vann Mork, H, Hr;    sløngvir: ‘slogvir’ 39;    sóttan: ‘sattann’ Hr    [4] konungs: so E, J2ˣ, Mork, H, Hr, konung Kˣ, 39, konungr F, 42ˣ;    inna: innan 39, F, 42ˣ, manna J2ˣ, vinna Hr    [5] Gerðisk: gerðusk J2ˣ, 42ˣ;    við: om. J2ˣ;    harðan: ‘horþa’ Mork, ‘hǫrða’ H, ‘hollda’ Hr    [6] gram: gramr 39, F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, Hr    [7] grátt: so all others, ‘grart’ Kˣ;    en: þeim er Mork, H, Hr;    neittu: neitti 42ˣ, níttu Mork, H, Hr    [8] boðnum: so all others, boðum Kˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 486, Skj BI, 458, Skald I, 225; ÍF 28, 242 (Msona ch. 4), F 1871, 282, E 1916, 131; Mork 1867, 160, Mork 1928-32, 343, Andersson and Gade 2000, 316, 488 (Msona); Fms 7, 79-80 (Msona ch. 4).

Context: Sigurðr fought a battle against the Moors in Sintra on the Iberian Peninsula.

Notes: [4] Sintré ‘Sintra’: Located on the coast north-west of Lisbon, in present-day Portugal. — [5, 6] við harðan gram ‘against the stern lord’: Við gram Hǫrða ‘against the lord of the Hǫrðar’ (so Mork, H) is also possible. — [7] en ‘and’: The variant þeims (‘þeim er’) ‘who’ (Mork, H, Hr) refers back to hermǫnnum ‘warriors’ (l. 6). It is acceptable and has been adopted by earlier eds.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  5. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  6. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  7. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  8. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  9. Mork 1867 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1867. Morkinskinna: Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Indeholdende en af de ældste optegnelser af norske kongesagaer. Oslo: Bentzen.
  10. Internal references
  11. Not published: do not cite (MsonaII)
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