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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hrafn 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrafnsmál 10’ 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. 735-6.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrafnsmál

text and translation

Ferð vann friðskerðis
fræg ok óvægin
Bót af baugnjótum
breiða guðleiðum.
Hreyfðiz hjörklufðu
hrafn of valtafni
— fellu fjandr stillis —
fleygr í Suðreyjum.

Fræg ok óvægin ferð {friðskerðis} vann breiða Bót af {guðleiðum baugnjótum}. Fleygr hrafn hreyfðiz of {hjörklufðu valtafni} í Suðreyjum; fjandr stillis fellu.
‘The famous and unsparing troop of the peace-diminisher [WARRIOR] captured broad Bute from the godforsaken ring-users [GENEROUS MEN]. The flying raven gloated above the sword-cloven slaughter-food [CORPSES] in the Hebrides; the ruler’s enemies fell.

notes and context

Hákon’s men captured a stronghold in Bute, and the island was placed under Hákon’s protection.



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, 5. Hrafnsmál 10: AII, 121-2, BII, 129, Skald II, 69; F 1871, 574, Hák 1977-82, 197, Flat 1860-8, III, 222.


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