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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svartr á Hofstöðum (Svart)

volume 8; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

VIII. Skaufhala bálkr (Skauf) - 42

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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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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SkP info: VIII, 962

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10 — Svart Skauf 10VIII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 962.

‘Svó er nú liðið,’         segir lágfæta,
‘loðbakur minn,         langt á tíma.
Vón er upp hieðan         veðra harðra,
en að höndum kominn         haustþústr mikill.

‘Nú er liðið svó langt á tíma, loðbakur minn,’ segir lágfæta. ‘Vón harðra veðra er upp hieðan, en mikill haustþústr kominn að höndum.

‘Now the year is already so far advanced, my Woolly-back,’ says Short-legs. ‘There is expectation of hard storms from now on, and a great autumn gale has arrived here.

Mss: 603(81), Rask87ˣ(112v)

Readings: [2] segir: sagði Rask87ˣ    [5] er: om. Rask87ˣ    [6] veðra harðra: ‘ä weder hardara’ Rask87ˣ

Editions: Kölbing 1876, 243, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 230, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 155, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 60.

Notes: [2] segir (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘says’: Sagði (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘said’ (Rask87ˣ) is less preferable from a metrical point of view, and the pres. tense of segja ‘say’ is used elsewhere in this conversation (i.e. sts 5/1, 12/2, 13/2, 14/2). — [8] haustþústr ‘autumn gale’: Lit. ‘autumn disturbance’.

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