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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Stúfr Stúfdr 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa 5’ 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. 355.

Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattarStúfsdrápa

text and translation

Autt varð Falstr at fréttum;
fekk drótt mikinn ótta;
gœddr vas hrafn, en hræddir
hvert ár Danir vôru.

Falstr varð autt at fréttum; drótt fekk mikinn ótta; hrafn vas gœddr, en Danir vôru hræddir hvert ár.
‘Falster was laid waste, according to reports; people were overcome with great fear; the raven was fattened, and the Danes were frightened every year.

notes and context

After the death of his nephew, Magnús Óláfsson, in 1047, Haraldr became sole ruler of Norway, and he harried in Denmark every summer in his ongoing warfare against Sveinn Úlfsson of Denmark.



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: Stúfr enn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa, Stúfa 5: AI, 405, BI, 374, Skald I, 186, NN §881; Mork 1867, 54, Mork 1928-32, 160, Andersson and Gade 2000, 197-8, 476 (MH); Flat III, 338 (MH); Fms 6, 255 (HSig ch. 49); ÍF 29, 253 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 112 (HSig ch. 33), F 1871, 212, E 1916, 55.


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