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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 12II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 12’ 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. 688-9.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Hrinda lét út herskips bröndum
hilmir frægr á saltan ægi;
eldi hrauð fyrir æsiköldum
unnar meið ór dregnum hlunni.
Almenningr varð út at sinna,
ógnar lundr, á þinni grundu;
mildir höfðu herboð höldar
harða sveld af Nóregsveldi.

Frægr hilmir lét hrinda bröndum herskips út á saltan ægi; eldi hrauð ór dregnum hlunni fyrir {æsiköldum meið unnar}. Almenningr á grundu þinni varð at sinna út, {lundr ógnar}; mildir höldar höfðu harða sveld herboð af Nóregsveldi.
‘The famous king had the prows of warships propelled out onto the salty sea; fire poured from the worn slipway before the terribly cold tree of the wave [SHIP]. All people in your land had to set out, tree of battle [WARRIOR]; the generous men had a very large conscripted army from the kingdom of Norway.

notes and context

In 1256 King Hákon called up yet another fleet to sail to Denmark. This was the largest fleet he had ever sent there, 300 ships. 



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: Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrynhenda 12: AII, 105, BII, 116, Skald II, 61, NN §§1106, 1914D; F 1871, 553, E 1916, 650, Hák 1910-86, 656, Hák 1977-82, 172, Flat 1860-8, III, 196.


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