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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Stúfr Stúfdr 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa 8’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 357-8.

Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattarStúfsdrápa

text and translation

Gekk sem vind, sás vættki,
varðandi, fjǫr sparði,
geira regns í gǫgnum
glaðr orrostu þaðra.
Gramr flýðit sá síðan
— sœm eru þess of dœmi
éls und erkistóli —
eld né jarn it fellda.

{Varðandi {regns geira}}, sás vættki sparði fjǫr, gekk þaðra glaðr í gǫgnum orrostu sem vind. Síðan flýðit sá gramr eld né it fellda jarn; eru sœm of dœmi þess und {erkistóli éls}.
‘The warden of spears’ rain [BATTLE > WARRIOR], who not at all heeded his life, went there, exultant, through battle like the wind. Later that prince fled neither fire nor the pure iron; there are fitting proofs of that under the archiepiscopal seat of the storm [HEAVEN].

notes and context

Haraldr advanced at the battle of Stamford Bridge against Harold Godwineson of England (on 25 September 1066).

For the battle of Stamford Bridge, see also Hharð Lv 13-14, Arn Hardr 10-13 and ÞjóðA Lv 10-11.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Stúfr enn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa, Stúfa 8: AI, 405, BI, 374, Skald I, 186, NN §§806, 2040; Mork 1867, 118, Mork 1928-32, 277, Andersson and Gade 2000, 271-2, 481 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 395 (MH); Fms 6, 419 (HSig ch. 119); ÍF 29, 286 (ch. 69).


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