This interface will soon cease to be publicly available. Use the new interface instead. Click here to switch over now.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

login: password: stay logged in: help

Svartr á Hofstöðum (Svart)

volume 8; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

VIII. Skaufhala bálkr (Skauf) - 42

not in Skj

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.

 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42 

SkP info: VIII, 964

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

14 — Svart Skauf 14VIII

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 964.

‘Þú skalt ráða,’         segir rebbhali,
‘við mun eg leita         vista að afla.
Þó hafa nornir         þess um mig spáð,
að mier gömlum         glæpaz mundi.’

‘Þú skalt ráða,’ segir rebbhali, ‘eg mun leita við að afla vista. Þó hafa nornir spáð þess um mig, að mundi glæpaz gömlum mier.’

‘You shall have your way,’ says Foxtail, ‘I’ll try to procure provisions. Yet the norns have predicted this about me, that I, the old one, would be enticed into trouble.’

Mss: 603(81), Rask87ˣ(113r)

Readings: [1] skalt: munt Rask87ˣ    [2] rebbhali: so Rask87ˣ, ‘rebbali’ 603    [4] vista: corrected from ‘wistar’ in another hand Rask87ˣ    [5] hafa: hafa þess Rask87ˣ    [6] þess: om. Rask87ˣ

Editions: Kölbing 1876, 243, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 231, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 155-6, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 61.

Notes: [1] skalt ‘shall’: Munt ‘shall’ (Rask87ˣ) is also a possible reading. — [2] rebbhali ‘Foxtail’: See Note to st. 12/2. — [5-6]: The Rask87ˣ variant of these two lines (þó hafa þess | nornir um mig spáð) is unmetrical because l. 5 is hypometrical and l. 6 has no alliteration. — [5] nornir ‘the norns’: This reference to prophetic fate is also characteristic of fornaldarsögur and ævikviður (see Ǫrv 2-3, Ǫrv 17/5-8 and Amory 1973, 6).

© Skaldic Project Academic Body, unless otherwise noted. Database structure and interface developed by Tarrin Wills. All users of material on this database are reminded that its content may be either subject to copyright restrictions or is the property of the custodians of linked databases that have given permission for members of the skaldic project to use their material for research purposes. Those users who have been given access to as yet unpublished material are further reminded that they may not use, publish or otherwise manipulate such material except with the express permission of the individual editor of the material in question and the General Editor of the volume in which the material is to be published. Applications for permission to use such material should be made in the first instance to the General Editor of the volume in question. All information that appears in the published volumes has been thoroughly reviewed. If you believe some information here is incorrect please contact Tarrin Wills with full details.