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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svart Skauf 12VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 963.

Svartr á HofstöðumSkaufhala bálkr

text and translation

‘Sá er nú tími,’         segir rebbhali,
‘sem seggir munu         að sauðum ganga.
Víst er alstaðar         vón upp hieðan,
mun á fjöllum         mannferð mikil.’

‘Nú er sá tími,’ segir rebbhali, ‘sem seggir munu ganga að sauðum. Víst er alstaðar vón hieðan upp, mikil mannferð mun á fjöllum.’
‘‘Now is the time,’ says Foxtail, ‘when men will search for the sheep. There’s certainly the expectation everywhere from now on [that] a great commotion of men will [be] in the mountains.’

notes and context

[8]: The line is unmetrical, with two alliterating staves in an even line. The Rask87ˣ variant, mannmergð ‘crowd of people’, adds a third initial [m] to a syllable with secondary stress.



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, 243, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 231, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 155, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 60.


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