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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 20II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 20’ 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. 714.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Reið blóðlaukr
á berum knerri
örvar áss
járni slunginn,
en gandreið
grænna skjalda
Svölnis vegg
sleit á lopti.

{Blóðlaukr}, slunginn járni, reið á {berum knerri {áss örvar}}, en {gandreið grænna skjalda} sleit {vegg Svölnis} á lopti.
‘The blood-mast [SWORD], encircled by iron, swung onto the bare ship of the god of the arrow [= Ullr > SHIELD], and the riding troll-women of green shields [AXES] tore the wall of Svǫlnir <= Óðinn> [SHIELD] in the air.

notes and context

The Birkibeinar sundered byrnies and shields, and most of Skúli’s men fell (see st. 19 above).



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 23: AII, 114, BII, 122-3, Skald II, 66, NN §§1354, 1355; E 1916, 606, F 1871, 518, Hák 1910-86, 567, Flat 1860-8, III, 155.


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