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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svart Skauf 23VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 971.

Svartr á HofstöðumSkaufhala bálkr

text and translation

‘Hann tók á skeiði         skjótt eftir mier;
skundar hvatliga,         og skrefaði stórum.
Hljóp eg fráliga         heldur undan;
leitaða eg við         lífi að forða.

‘Hann tók skjótt á skeiði eftir mier; skundar hvatliga og skrefaði stórum. Eg hljóp heldur fráliga undan; eg leitaða við að forða lífi.
‘‘He quickly began to run after me; he hurries swiftly and strode with long steps. I rushed rather rapidly away; I tried to save my life.

notes and context

[2]: The Rask87ˣ variant of this line, skjótt mier eftir, is also possible and preferable from a metrical point of view, with full stress on a disyllabic enclitic prep.



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, 244, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 232, CPB II, 383, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 157, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 64.


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