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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 8’ 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. 705.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Svalg hvert hús
heitum munni
viðar hundr
Verma bygðar,
ok svipkárr
selju rakki
of garðshlið
grenjandi fór.

{Hundr viðar} svalg hvert hús bygðar Verma heitum munni, ok {svipkárr rakki selju} fór grenjandi of garðshlið.
‘The hound of the forest [FIRE] swallowed every house of the settlement of the Vermir with its hot mouth, and the violent dog of the willow [FIRE] ran howling through the yard-gate.

notes and context

As st. 7 above.

Sturla appears to have had a fascination with fire. He uses similar vivid imagery of wolves or dogs devouring buildings and houses in Hryn 10-11, which describe Hákon and his troops harrying in Halland in 1256. See also st. 7 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 9: AII, 110-11, BII, 120, Skald II, 64; E 1916, 529, F 1871, 448, Hák 1910-86, 405, Flat 1860-8, III, 69.


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