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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 38II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 38’ 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. 726-7.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Var geðsteinn
gauzkum manni
styrjar stund
í stall drepinn,
áðr ógnstórr
játat hafði
Svía gramr
siklings boði.

{Geðsteinn} gauzkum manni var drepinn í stall stund styrjar, áðr {ógnstórr gramr Svía} hafði játat boði siklings.
‘The mind-stone [HEART] of the Gautish men was struck by fear in that moment of unrest before the awe-inspiring lord of the Swedes [SWEDISH RULER = Birgir] had agreed to the ruler’s offer.

notes and context

When the Gautar saw Hákon’s splendid fleet, they were afraid (see st. 37 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 42: AII, 119, BII, 126, Skald II, 68; E 1916, 632, F 1871, 539, Hák 1910-86, 620, Hák 1977-82, 151, Flat 1860-8, III, 180.


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