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Sturl Hákkv 22II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 22’ 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, pp. 715-16.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða
212223

text and translation

Þar sighljóð
syngja knáttu
harða hvell
hvössum munni
í herför
of höfuð manna
Högna mans
hlýrna dísir

Þar knáttu {dísir {hlýrna {mans Högna}}} syngja harða hvell sighljóð hvössum munni of höfuð manna í herför.
 
‘There the dísir <minor female deities> of the sun and moon of Hǫgni’s <legendary hero’s> girl [= Hildr (hildr ‘battle’) > SHIELDS > VALKYRIES] sang very shrill battle-songs with a sharp mouth around the heads of men in the army-campaign.

notes and context

As the battle drew to a close, Skúli’s men tried to seek refuge in the church, but so many attempted to enter at the same time that they could not get through the door. They fell so densely that three or four lay dead on top of one another.

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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.

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Skj: Sturla Þórðarson, 4. Hákonarkviða 25: AII, 114-15, BII, 123, Skald II, 66; E 1916, 607, F 1871, 518, Hák 1910-86, 658, Hák 1977-82, 130, Flat 1860-8, III, 156.

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