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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 17II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 17’ 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. 712.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Flugu hræleiptr
at hjarar leiki
á Gauts himin,
en randálfr
rífandi fór
böðvar ský
blóðs eldingum.

{Geigurlig hræleiptr} flugu á {himin Gauts} at {leiki hjarar}, en {randálfr} fór rífandi {ský böðvar} {eldingum blóðs}.
‘The frightful corpse-lightnings [SPEARS] flew onto the sky of Gautr <= Óðinn> [SHIELD] in the play of the sword [BATTLE], and the shield-elf [WARRIOR] advanced tearing the cloud of battle [SHIELD] with flashes of blood [SPEARS].

notes and context

Skúli’s men were still defending themselves in the churchyard, throwing rocks and spears and shooting arrows at the Birkibeinar, many of whom were wounded.

See also Ólhv Hryn 11.



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: Sturla Þórðarson, 4. Hákonarkviða 20: AII, 113, BII, 122, Skald II, 65; E 1916, 604, F 1871, 516, Hák 1910-86, 562, Hák 1977-82, 127, Flat 1860-8, III, 153.


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