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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Svart Skauf 33VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 978.

Svartr á HofstöðumSkaufhala bálkr

text and translation

‘Hef eg íhentað mier         hákallslykkjur
og höggið mier         hvinna snepla.
Eiga mier allir,         ef eg einskis dyl,
ýtar oftliga         ilt að launa.

‘Eg hef íhentað mier hákallslykkjur og höggið mier snepla hvinna. Allir ýtar eiga að launa mier ilt oftliga, ef eg dyl einskis.
‘‘I’ve fetched myself shark-loops and cut myself thieves’ snippets. All people often have bad deeds to repay me, if I deny nothing.

notes and context

[6]: As it stands in 603, ef eg dyl einskis ‘if I deny nothing’ (so also Kölbing 1876, CPB and Jón Þorkelsson 1888), the line is unmetrical because the main stave falls on the second lift (einskis ‘nothing’). That is also the case with the Rask87ˣ variant ef eg nýt einskis ‘if I enjoy nothing’ (so Páll Eggert Ólason 1947). The present edn follows Jón Þorkelsson (1922-7). The clause ‘if I deny nothing’ is somewhat obscure, but it must refer to the fox’s own discourse – he is confessing or bragging or some mixture of the two. The Rask87ˣ variant ‘if I enjoy nothing’ makes no sense in the context.



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, 245, Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 234, CPB II, 384, Jón Þorkelsson 1922-7, 158, Páll Eggert Ólason 1947, 67.


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