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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 3VIII (Gautr 11)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 11 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 257.

Starkaðr gamli StórvirkssonVíkarsbálkr

text and translation

Þá * Herþjófr         Harald um vélti;
sér ójafnan         sveik í trygðum,
Egða dróttin         öndu rænti,
en hans sonum         haptbönd sneri.

Þá * um vélti Herþjófr Harald; sveik ójafnan sér í trygðum, rænti {dróttin Egða} öndu, en sneri sonum hans haptbönd.
‘Then Herþjófr tricked Haraldr; he betrayed [a man] unequal to himself in his plighted oath, robbed the lord of the Egðir [= Haraldr] of life and twisted captive shackles for his sons.

notes and context

This stanza and the immediately following Vík 4 (Gautr 12) follow a prose passage that tells that Herþjófr, king of Hordaland (ON Hǫrðaland), made a surprise night attack on King Haraldr of Agder and killed him in spite of his plighted oath (drap hann í trygðum), taking his son Víkarr as a hostage, as well as many other sons of powerful men.



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 13. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Gautrekssaga II 3: AII, 324, BII, 344, Skald II, 185; FSN 3, 17, Gautr 1664, 21, Gautr 1900, 14, FSGJ 4, 14; Edd. Min. 38.


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