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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. <> (accessed 6 August 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 973

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26 — Svart Skauf 26VIII

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lemmatised words

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dauði (noun m.) [°-a; -ar] ‘death...’dauða 26/4

ek (pron.) [°mín, dat. mér, acc. mik] ‘I, me...’eg 26/1, mier 26/2, mín 26/8

eygðr (adj.) ‘°som har (smukke/grimme/store) øjne; (Fr...’eygður 26/3

fyrir (prep.) ‘for, before, because of...’ — 26/6

hafa (verb) ‘have...’hafði 26/7

háfœtr (adj.)háfætti 26/5

heldr (adv.) ‘rather...’ — 26/3

hlaupa (verb) ‘leap, run...’Hljóp 26/5

1hola (noun f.) [°-u; -ur] ‘°hulrum, hul, hule; fordybning...’holu 26/6

3hræða (verb) ‘fear, be afraid...’hræddumz 26/4

hundeygðr (adj.)hundeygður 26/3

hundr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘hound, dog...’hund 26/3

húka (verb)húkta 26/1

illr (adj.) ‘bad, evil, unwell...’ilt 26/2

1inn (adv.) ‘in, inside...’ — 26/8

2inn (art.) ‘the...’hinn 26/5

munnr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘mouth...’munna 26/6

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 26/4

1sjá (pron.) [°gen. þessa dat. þessum/þeima, acc. þenna; f. sjá/þessi; n. þetta, dat. þessu/þvísa; pl. þessir] ‘this...’þætta 26/2

stafr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -; -ir] ‘staff, post, stave, stick...’staf 26/7

stinga (verb) ‘stab, poke...’stakk 26/8

stórr (adj.) ‘large, great...’stóran 26/7

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 26/8

þar (adv.) ‘there...’ — 26/1

þó (adv.) ‘though...’ — 26/2


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