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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svart Skauf 14VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 964.

Svartr á HofstöðumSkaufhala bálkr

text and translation

‘Þú skalt ráða,’         segir rebbhali,
‘við mun eg leita         vista að afla.
Þó hafa nornir         þess um mig spáð,
að mier gömlum         glæpaz mundi.’

‘Þú skalt ráða,’ segir rebbhali, ‘eg mun leita við að afla vista. Þó hafa nornir spáð þess um mig, að mundi glæpaz gömlum mier.’
‘‘You shall have your way,’ says Foxtail, ‘I’ll try to procure provisions. Yet the norns have predicted this about me, that I, the old one, would be enticed into trouble.’

notes and context

[5-6]: The Rask87ˣ variant of these two lines (þó hafa þess | nornir um mig spáð) is unmetrical because l. 5 is hypometrical and l. 6 has no alliteration.



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, 155-6, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 61.


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