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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 21 September 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 960

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7 — Svart Skauf 7VIII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 960.

‘Sannaz má það,         að sýniz þú gamall
og stirðfættur         að strjúka heiman
og matvæli         mier að afla
niðjum okkar         til nauðþurftar.

‘Það má sannaz, að þú sýniz gamall og stirðfættur að strjúka heiman og að afla mier matvæli til nauðþurftar niðjum okkar.

‘It will prove true that you seem [too] old and stiff-legged to dash off from home and provide me with food supplies for the desperate need of our offspring.

Mss: Rask87ˣ(112v)

Editions: Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 230, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 155, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 59.

Notes: [5] matvæli (n. acc. pl.) ‘food supplies’: Jón Þorkelsson (1922-7) and Páll Eggert Ólason (1947) emend to matvæla (n. gen. pl.), which is unnecessary since afla ‘provide’ can be construed with an object in the acc. or in the gen. (see Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, II, 206). — [7] okkar ‘our’: This is the later form of the dual possessive pron., but we should have expected okkrum (see Note to st. 5/4 above).

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