Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 30’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 975.
Hef eg margan heldr hála feitan
sauð snarliga sviftan lífi,
tínt kiðlinga, en týnt lambgymbrum,
gripið geldinga og gamalrollur.
‘Eg hef heldr snarliga sviftan margan hála feitan sauð lífi, tínt kiðlinga, en týnt lambgymbrum, gripið geldinga og gamalrollur.
‘‘I’ve rather swiftly deprived many a splendidly fat sheep of its life, picked lambs and killed young ewes, seized castrated rams and old feeble ewes.’
The second part of the fox’s ‘life-poem’ (sts 30-40) gives an overview of his life and his impending death from the wounds he received.
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.
Hef eg margan heldr
en týnt lambgymbrum,
Hefi eg margan heldr
en sæft lambgymbrar en sæft lambgymbrar,
Hefe eg margann helldur hard feitan | saud snarlega sviptann Lýfe, | tynt kidlinga, enn sæst Lambgimbrar, | gripid gelldinga og gamal rottur |
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