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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hrafn 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrafnsmál 3’ 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. 729-30.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrafnsmál

text and translation

Glumði á gjálfrtömðum
Gestils skeiðhestum
eldr of allvaldi
ægis nafnfrægjum.
Skein af skautvænum
skeiðum brimreiðar
sól of sigdeili
snotrum óþrotlig.

{Eldr ægis} glumði á {gjálfrtömðum {Gestils skeið}hestum} of nafnfrægjum allvaldi. {Óþrotlig sól {brimreiðar}} skein af skautvænum skeiðum of {snotrum sigdeili}.
‘The fire of the ocean [GOLD] resounded on the surge-tamed horses of Gestill’s <sea-king’s> track [(lit. ‘track-horses of Gestill’) SEA > SHIPS] above the renowned mighty ruler. The unceasing sun of the surf-chariot [SHIP > SHIELD] shone from the sail-fair warships around the wise battle-distributor [WARRIOR].

notes and context

As st. 2 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, 5. Hrafnsmál 3: AII, 120, BII, 127, Skald II, 68; F 1871, 571, Flat 1860-8, III, 218-19.


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