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Stúfsdrápa — Stúfr StúfdrII

Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa’ 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. 350-8.

 

Vissak hildar hvessi
— hann vas nýztr at kanna —
af góðum byr Gríðar
gagnsælan mér fagna,
þás blóðstara bræðir
baugum grimmr at Haugi
gjarn með gylltu horni
gekk sjalfr á mik drekka.
 
‘I knew the victory-blessed inciter of war [WARRIOR] to welcome me with a good wind of Gríðr <giantess> [MIND]—he was the most bountiful to know—, when the feeder of the blood-starling [RAVEN > WARRIOR], ferocious to rings, himself went willingly to toast me with the gilded horn at Haug.
Fór ofrhugi inn øfri
eggdjarfr und sik leggja
— fold vas víga valdi
virk — Jórsali ór Girkjum.
Ok með œrnu ríki
óbrunnin kom gunnar
heimil jǫrð und herði.
Hafi ríks, þars vel líkar.
 
‘The very reckless one set out, sword-daring, from the Greeks to subjugate Jerusalem; the country was submissive to the controller of combats [WARRIOR]. And because of his abundant force the land was delivered as his due, unburned, to the strengthener of battle [WARRIOR]. May the powerful have, where it is good to be….
Stóðu rôð af reiði
(rann þat svikamǫnnum)
Egða grams á ýmsum
(orð) Jórðánar borðum.
Enn fyr afgerð sanna
— illa gat frá stilli —
þjóð fekk vísan váða.
Vist of aldr með Kristi.
 
‘The powers of the prince of the Egðir [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] prevailed in wrath on both banks of the River Jordan; that news put an end to the traitors. And people got inevitable punishment for proven crimes; they were in dire straits because of the ruler. …Residence forever with Christ….
Mægð gat ǫðlingr eiga
ógnar mildr, þás vildi;
gulls tók gauta spjalli
gnótt ok bragnings dóttur.
 
‘The battle-generous monarch got the marriage he desired; the confidant of the people [KING] took plenty of gold and the ruler’s daughter.
Autt varð Falstr at fréttum;
fekk drótt mikinn ótta;
gœddr vas hrafn, en hræddir
hvert ár Danir vôru.
 
‘Falster was laid waste, according to reports; people were overcome with great fear; the raven was fattened, and the Danes were frightened every year.
Flýðu þeir á Þjóðu
þengils fund af stundu;
stórt réð hugprútt hjarta.
Haralds ǫnd ofarr lǫndum.
 
‘Those at Thy fled the encounter with the prince at once; the proud heart prevailed completely. …Haraldr’s spirit above the lands….
Tíreggjaðr hjó tyggi
tveim hǫndum lið beima;
reifr gekk herr und hlífar
hizig suðr fyr Nizi.
 
‘The fame-spurred ruler cut down the troop of warriors with both hands; the cheerful army advanced beneath shields there south of the Nissan.
Gekk sem vind, sás vættki,
varðandi, fjǫr sparði,
geira regns í gǫgnum
glaðr orrostu þaðra.
Gramr flýðit sá síðan
— sœm eru þess of dœmi
éls und erkistóli —
eld né jarn it fellda.
 
‘The warden of spears’ rain [BATTLE > WARRIOR], who not at all heeded his life, went there, exultant, through battle like the wind. Later that prince fled neither fire nor the pure iron; there are fitting proofs of that under the archiepiscopal seat of the storm [HEAVEN].
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