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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. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=3349> (accessed 24 September 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 956

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2 — Svart Skauf 2VIII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 956.

Því voru nítján
niðjar skaufhala
hunds jafningja
heldr en tuttugu,
— þar sannaðiz forn
fyrða mæli —
oft verðr örgum
eins vant á tög.

 

It was for that reason that there were nineteen offspring of Tassel-tail, a dog’s equal, rather than twenty because the wicked one often lacks one from ten; there the old saying of men came true.

notes: [5-6]: Earlier eds (except Páll Eggert Ólason 1947) retain the 603 reading þar [CPB þat] sannadiz fyrða | fornmæli ‘there the old saying of men came true’, which results in two unmetrical lines (l. 5 is hypermetrical and l. 6 is hypometrical). It is not clear why CPB replaces þar ‘there’ with þat ‘that’.

editions: Skj Not in Skj; Kölbing 1876, 242, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 229, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 154, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 57.

sources

AM 603 4° (603) 81 - 81 (Skauf)  image  
Rask 87x (Rask87x) 112r, 6 - 112r, 9  transcr.  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated