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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svart Skauf 6VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 6’ 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

‘Lítill er missir         í mínum ungum;
atvinna brestr         okkur bæði.
Hafðir þú áður         hæri útvegu*;
nægtir voru þá         og nógar vistir.

‘Lítill missir er í ungum mínum; atvinna brestr okkur bæði. Áður hafðir þú hæri útvegu*; nægtir voru þá og nógar vistir.
‘‘There is little lacking in my young ones; sustenance fails for us both. Earlier you had better remedies; there was abundance then and plentiful provisions.

notes and context

This and the following stanza are transmitted only in Rask87ˣ and therefore not edited in Kölbing (1876) and CPB.



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

Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 230, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 154-5, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 58-9.


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