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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hskv Útdr 6II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 488.

Halldórr skvaldriÚtfarardrápa

text and translation

Treystuzk egg fyr austan
— yðr tjóði goð — rjóða
(náskári fló nýra)
Nǫrvasund (til unda).

Treystuzk rjóða egg fyr austan Nǫrvasund; goð tjóði yðr; {náskári} fló til nýra unda.
‘You dared to redden the sword-edge east of the Straits of Gibraltar; God favoured you; the corpse-gull [RAVEN/EAGLE] flew to fresh wounds.

notes and context

Sigurðr engaged in a naval battle in the Straits of Gibraltar.

The prose texts are not very specific about Sigurðr’s adversaries. Hkr (ÍF 28, 244) calls them víkingaherr mikill ‘a large army of vikings’ (so also H-Hr, Fms 7, 81), and Mork (1928-32, 345) says that he fought against an army of heathen people (heʀ heiþiɴa manna; so also Fsk, ÍF 29, 316).



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.

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