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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, ‘(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.

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, 984

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42 — Svart Skauf 42VIII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 42’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 984.

Hefir bálk þennan
og barngælur
sett og samið
Svartr á Hofstöðum
mier til gamans
en meinþurðar
meingi ófróðu;
mun eg þagna.

 

Svartr from Hofstaðir has composed and put together this poem and nursery rhymes for the pleasure of myself and [for] the entertainment of an uneducated multitude; now I shall be silent.

notes: The stanza is transmitted in Rask87ˣ only. — [3-4]: Rendered by Kölbing (1876) and in CPB as ort ófimliga | Einarr fóstri lit. ‘composed unskilfully Einarr fóstri (‘Fosterer’)’ in accordance with the helmingr as cited in Björn á Skarðsá’s Grænlandsannáll (Finnur Magnússon, Rafn et al., 1838-45, I, 112; see Biography and Introduction above).

editions: Skj Not in Skj; Kölbing 1876, 246, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 235, CPB II, 384, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 159-60, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 70.

sources

Rask 87x (Rask87x) 116r, 1 - 116r, 4  transcr.  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated