R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál 12’ 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. 186.
‘Hví þú svá gunni * skiptir, Geir-Skǫgul,
órum þó verðir gagns frá goðum?’
‘Vér því vǫldum *, es þú velli helt,
en þínir fíandr flugu.’
‘Hví skiptir þú gunni * svá, Geir-Skǫgul, þó órum verðir gagns frá goðum?’ ‘Vér vǫldum því *, es þú helt velli, en fíandr þínir flugu.’
‘Why did you decide the battle thus, Spear-Skǫgul, though we were [I was] worthy of victory from the gods?’ ‘We brought it about that you held the field and your enemies fled.’
Mss: Kˣ(106r), F(18va), J1ˣ(64r), J2ˣ(60v) (Hkr); 761bˣ(99v)
Readings:  *: kvað Hkun F, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 761bˣ  Geir‑: í gær J1ˣ, J2ˣ  órum (‘vǫrum’): ‘vorrum’ F  vǫldum *: vǫldum kvað Skǫgul all  helt: ‘hellz’ Kˣ, F, 761bˣ, ‘hellzt’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ  fíandr: fíandmenn F
Editions: Skj AI, 66, Skj BI, 58-9, Skald I, 36; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 220, IV, 60, ÍF 26, 195, Hkr 1991, I, 127 (HákGóð ch. 31/32), F 1871, 84; Möbius 1860, 233, Jón Helgason 1968, 27, Krause 1990, 95-7.
Context: As for st. 1.
Notes: [All]: The speaker of ll. 1-3 is Hákon, that of ll. 4-6 Skǫgul. The speakers are identified in the mss, except that Hákon is not identified in Kˣ, but the identifications are omitted from the Text here since they are extrametrical, as is also the case in Anon Eirm: see Introduction. However, other identifications in this poem are not extrametrical and thus must remain in the text: see Note to st. 10/1. Hákon’s question shows that he does not regard the battle as a victory (due to his death soon after). The valkyrie’s reply corrects him. —  helt ‘held’: The mss all point to refl. helzk ‘stayed’, adopted by a few eds (e.g. Lindquist 1929, 14), though it gives poor sense in the present context.
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