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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svart Skauf 15VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 965.

Svartr á HofstöðumSkaufhala bálkr

text and translation

Fór heiman þá         fljótt dratthali
og ætlar sier         afla að fanga.
Fann skjótliga         fimtán sauði
og einn af þeim         allvel feitan.

Þá fór dratthali fljótt heiman og ætlar að fanga sier afla. Fann skjótliga fimtán sauði og einn af þeim allvel feitan.
‘Then Dragging-tail quickly set off from home and intends to procure provisions for himself. He soon found fifteen sheep and one of them [was] wonderfully fat.

notes and context

[1-2]: The Rask87ˣ variant of these lines, fór dratthali | fljótt að heiman ‘Dragging-tail quickly set off from home’, also makes sense, but the adverbial að heiman ‘from home’ is a later construction.



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, 156, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 61.


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