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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 21 September 2021)

stanzas:  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, 983

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40 — Svart Skauf 40VIII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 983.

‘Mun eg nú linna         og láta af þessu;
vill hel sækja         hvern um síðir.
Fer mier svó         sem flestum öðrum,
að dauði drepr         drótt og kindur.’

‘Nú mun eg linna og láta af þessu; hel vill sækja hvern um síðir. Fer mier svó sem flestum öðrum, að dauði drepr drótt og kindur.’

‘Now I’ll cease and leave off this; death will seek out everyone in the end. It shall happen to me as to most others, that death strikes people and offspring.’

Mss: Rask87ˣ(115v)

Editions: Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 235, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 159, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 68.

Notes: [All]: Tassel-tail’s ævikviða ‘life poem’ ends with this stanza. — [5]: The line is hypometrical, with three syllables, and Jón Þorkelsson (1888) suggests moving the conj. sem ‘as’ to l. 1: fer mier svó sem ‘it shall happen to me as’. Such a construction is extremely awkward, however, because it forces a syntactic break between metrical positions 3 and 4. It is possible that a word such as ‘now’ (Fer mier nú svó) has been omitted.

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