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Svartr á Hofstöðum (Svart)

volume 8; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

VIII. Skaufhala bálkr (Skauf) - 42

Svartr (desyllabified Svartur) á Hofstöðum (Svart) is named in a first-person epilogue to Skaufhala bálkrBálkr about Tassel-tail’ (Svart Skauf 42/4) but his identity is uncertain. The internal evidence of the language and metre of Skauf, together with circumstantial evidence and an evaluation of the sources, point to Svartr Þorleifsson (d. 1392) from Hofstaðir, Reykhólar, Þorskafjörður, north-western Iceland, as the most likely candidate, though two other members of his family were also named Svartr and associated with Hofstaðir and there are two further traditions about authorship (see Introduction to Skauf). Very little is known about Svartr’s life. He appears to have been severely wounded during a fight at the alþingi in 1361, and the year before he died (1391) he went to Norway (see Storm 1888, 367, 407, 420). He apparently had two sons, Páll and Gísli (Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 222).

Skaufhala bálkr — Svart SkaufVIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 948. <> (accessed 20 September 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 956

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1 — Svart Skauf 1VIII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 956.

Hefir í grenjum         gamall skaufhali
leingi búið         hjá langhölu.
Átt hafa þau sier         als upp talda
átján sonu         og eina dóttur.

Gamall skaufhali hefir leingi búið í grenjum hjá langhölu. Þau hafa átt sier als upp talda átján sonu og eina dóttur.

Old Tassel-tail has lived long in lairs with Long-tail. All told, they have had eighteen sons and one daughter.

Mss: 603(81), Rask87ˣ(112r)

Readings: [1] grenjum: ‘gren læginu’ Rask87ˣ    [2] skaufhali: ‘skaufali’ 603, melrakki Rask87ˣ    [3] leingi búið: leingr verið Rask87ˣ    [7] sonu: syni Rask87ˣ

Editions: Kölbing 1876, 242, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 229, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 154, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 57.

Notes: [1] í grenjum ‘in lairs’: Í grenlæginu ‘in the lair-den’ (Rask87ˣ) must be a scribal corruption. — [2] skaufhali ‘Tassel-tail’: Ms. 603 consistently deletes the [h] in compounds whose second element is ‑hali ‘tail’. Rask87ˣ has melrakki ‘fox’ here, which is also possible but likely to be a lectio facilior. The words skaufhali (and skaufi) are also listed among the heiti for ‘fox’ in Þul Grýlu 1/2III and 1/4III. — [3] leingi búið ‘lived long’: Leingr verið ‘been longer’ (so Rask87ˣ) is possible if we assume desyllabification leingr > leingur, but the comp. leingr ‘longer’ makes little sense in the context.

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