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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 5 August 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 966

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17 — Svart Skauf 17VIII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 966.

Svó lauk skiftum         skolla og sauðar,
að grákollur         giekk frá lífi.
Bjóz dratthali         burt* heim þaðan;
hafði sauð feingið         sier til vista.

Svó lauk skiftum skolla og sauðar, að grákollur giekk frá lífi. Dratthali bjóz burt* heim þaðan; hafði feingið sauð til vista sier.

The dealings of the fox and the sheep ended in such a way that grey-skull departed from life. Dragging-tail prepared to set off home from there; he had obtained a sheep for his provisions.

Mss: 603(82), Rask87ˣ(113v)

Readings: [5] Bjóz: bjóz þá Rask87ˣ;    dratthali: so Rask87ˣ, ‘drattali’ 603    [6] burt*: burtu 603, Rask87ˣ;    heim: om. Rask87ˣ

Editions: Kölbing 1876, 243, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 231, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 156, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 62.

Notes: [All]: This stanza concludes the adventure of the fox related in sts 15-17. — [3] grákollur ‘grey-skull’: Koll(u)r ‘head’ can denote an animal without horns. The corresponding f. noun ‑kolla ‘female animal without horns’ is often combined with terms for colour (cf. svartkolla ‘black ewe’, gulkolla ‘yellow ewe’, etc.). Earlier eds (except Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7) omit the excrescent [u] in ‑kollur, which makes the line hypometrical. See Note to st. 13/5. — [6] burt* ‘away’: Burtu (so both mss) has been retained by earlier eds (except Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, who emends to í burt), which makes the line as it stands in 603 unmetrical. The Rask87ˣ variant, burtu þaðan (omitting heim ‘home’) requires suspended resolution on the second lift, and monosyllabic burt is more common with verbs of motion than the disyllabic burtu as late as the C16th (see Bandle 1956, 435 and Note to st. 3/1).

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