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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 21 September 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 974

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28 — Svart Skauf 28VIII

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lemmatised words

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af (prep.) ‘from...’ — 28/3

3at (prep.) ‘at, to...’ 28/5

4at (conj.) ‘that...’ 28/6

baggi (noun m.) [°-a; -ar] ‘°bag, bundle, pack; of a human being)...’bagga 28/7

2burt (adv.) ‘away...’ — 28/8

ek (pron.) [°mín, dat. mér, acc. mik] ‘I, me...’eg 28/1

endi (noun m.) ‘end...’enda 28/4

gjǫrvallr (adj.)gjörvallan 28/8

hafa (verb) ‘have...’hafði 28/7

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’ — 28/6

heim (adv.) ‘home, back...’ — 28/6

hér (adv.) ‘here...’Hier 28/5

koma (verb) [kem, kom/kvam, kominn] ‘come...’kom 28/5

leita (verb) ‘seek, look for, attack...’leitaði 28/6

1lykt (noun f.) ‘°lugt, duft...’lyktum 28/5

minn (pron.) [°f. mín, n. mitt] ‘my...’ — 28/7

mjǫk (adv.) ‘very, much...’mjög 28/2

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 28/4, og 28/7

sárr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘sore, painful; wounded...’sárr 28/2

stafr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -; -ir] ‘staff, post, stave, stick...’stafs 28/4

stingi (noun m.) [°-a] ‘°smerte (i siden el. for brystet), lunge...’stingjum 28/3

strákr (noun m.) [°-s; -ar] ‘°dreng; løsgænger, landstryger, vagabond...’stráks 28/3

2vera (verb) ‘be, is, was, were, are, am...’er 28/1

1verða (verb) ‘become, be...’vorðinn 28/2

1víða (adv.) ‘widely...’ — 28/1

þó (adv.) ‘though...’ — 28/1, 28/5


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