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 bálkr ‘Bálkr 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 —
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.
SkP info: VIII, 974
28 — Svart Skauf 28VIII
Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 974.
|‘Víða er eg þó vorðinn mjög sárr |
stráks af stingjum og stafs enda.
Hier kom þó að lyktum, að hann heim leitaði,
og hafði bagga minn burt gjörvallan.
‘Eg er þó vorðinn mjög sárr víða af stingjum stráks og enda stafs. Hier kom þó að lyktum, að hann leitaði heim, og hafði burt gjörvallan bagga minn.
‘All the same, I’ve been badly wounded in many places from the stabs of the tramp and the end of the staff. All the same, the end of it was that he headed home and took away my entire bag.
editions: Skj Not in Skj; Kölbing 1876, 244, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 233, CPB II, 383-4, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 157-8, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 65-6.