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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 21II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 21’ 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. 715.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Ok þar felt
feigum hausi
Gjallar mans
greypri hendi
Fenris nipt
fylkis dólga
í hjörgöll
heiptar blóði.

Ok þar felt {nipt Fenris} feigum hausi dólga fylkis blóði heiptar greypri hendi {mans Gjallar} í {hjörgöll}.
‘And there Fenrir’s <mythical wolf’s> sister [= Hel] hooded the doomed heads of the leader’s enemies with the blood of hatred by the gruesome hand of Gjǫll’s <river in hell’s> girl [= Hel] in the sword-din [BATTLE].

notes and context

As st. 20 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 24: AII, 114, BII, 123, Skald II, 66, NN §3151; E 1916, 606, F 1871, 518, Hák 1910-86, 567, Flat 1860-8, III, 155.


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