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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svart Skauf 5VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 959.

Svartr á HofstöðumSkaufhala bálkr

text and translation

Svarar grenlægja         gömul á móti:
‘Nú eru á burtu         börn okkur roskin,
en þau ung,         sem eftir sitja,
og enn ekki         á legg komin.

{Gömul grenlægja} svarar á móti: ‘Nú eru roskin börn okkur á burtu, en þau, sem sitja eftir, ung og enn ekki komin á legg.
‘The old lair-lier [VIXEN] answers in return: ‘Now our grown children have left, and those who remain [are] young and [have] not yet reached adulthood.

notes and context

[5]: The line is hypometrical, kviðuháttr rather than fornyrðislag. — [8]: The line apparently lacks alliteration, because it would be unusual for the alliteration to fall on the (normally) unstressed proclitic preposition (á lit. ‘on’) in initial position (though see st. 36/2).



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

Kölbing 1876, 242, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 230, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 154, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 58.


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