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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hrafn 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrafnsmál 5’ 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. 731-2.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrafnsmál

text and translation

Leysti lögrastar
landa stýrandi
— heldu of haf aldir
húfum — bládúfur.
Lýstiz hrein hæstum
höfn af skipstöfnum
eldi álfoldar
auðar glóðrauðum.

{Stýrandi landa} leysti {bládúfur {lögrastar}}; aldir heldu húfum of haf. Hrein höfn lýstiz {eldi {álfoldar}} af hæstum skipstöfnum, glóðrauðum auðar.
‘The controller of lands [RULER] launched the dark doves of the water-way [SEA > SHIPS]; men steered the hulls across the sea. The safe harbour was illuminated by the fire of the eel-ground [SEA > GOLD] from the loftiest ship-prows, red-glowing with wealth.

notes and context

After two days at sea, Hákon arrived with part of his fleet in Shetland and put in to harbour in Bressay.



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 5: AII, 120, BII, 127-8, Skald II, 68-9, NN §2580; F 1871, 572, Flat 1860-8, III, 220.


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