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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólsv Skúldr 1III

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2017, ‘Óláfr svartaskáld Leggsson, Skúladrápa 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 313.

Óláfr svartaskáld LeggssonSkúladrápa1

text and translation

Skúlas bezt und báli
byrræfrs skǫpuð ævi.

Skúlas skǫpuð bezt ævi und {báli {byrræfrs}}.
‘To Skúli is appointed the best life under the flame of the breeze-roof [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN].

notes and context

These lines are cited to illustrate skarbrot ‘line-breaking’ or ‘joining-breaking’, whereby a short syllable that can be elided (here (e)s: Skúlas > Skúla es ‘to Skúli is’) is added in the first line.

Skúli jarl Bárðarson (1189-1240) ruled Norway as regent until King Hákon Hákonarson (r. 1217-63) came of age. He seized the throne in 1239 and was executed the following year by Hákon’s men (see his Biography in SkP II).


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

Skj: Óláfr Leggsson, svartaskáld, 2. En drape om Skule jarl: AII, 85, BII, 96, Skald II, 52; SnE 1848-87, II, 397, III, 165, TGT 1884, 159.


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