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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hrafn 13II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrafnsmál 13’ 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. 738.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrafnsmál

text and translation

Drógu dynsveigis
darra flugskjarrir
báta baugnjótar
breiðar strandleiðir.
Eyddu óhræddir
eyjar geirþeyjum
vegs í víðbygðu*
vatni herskatnar.

{Flugskjarrir baugnjótar} {{darra dyn}sveigis} drógu báta breiðar strandleiðir. Óhræddir herskatnar vegs eyddu eyjar í víðbygðu* vatni {geirþeyjum}.
‘The flight-shy ring-users [GENEROUS MEN] of the swayer of the din of spears [(lit. ‘of the din-swayer of spears’) BATTLE > WARRIOR] pulled the boats along the broad beach-paths. The fearless war-men of honour devastated the islands in the widely inhabited lake with spear-winds [BATTLE].

notes and context

After the failed peace negotiations with the Scots, Hákon sent forty (Flat: sixty) ships into Loch Long. The Norwegians pulled their boats across land up to Loch Lomond in the district of Lennox, where they destroyed the entire countryside and devastated all the inhabited islands in the lake.

For the custom of portage, pulling boats and ships across land, see the discussion in ÍF 30, xxviii-xxix and n. 1. See also Anon (HSig) 5.



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 13: AII, 122, BII, 129-30, Skald II, 70, NN §2829; F 1871, 575, Hák 1977-82, 200, Flat 1860-8, III, 224.


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