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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hrafn 6II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrafnsmál 6’ 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. 732-3.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrafnsmál

text and translation

Fyst tók fjörleystum
fróðr af Nesþjóðum
gjöld inn griðmildi
gætir norðsætra.
Öll var ógnfallin
öld af stórvöldum
hrædd við herklæddan
herði böðgerðar.

Fyst tók {fróðr gætir norðsætra}, inn griðmildi, gjöld af fjörleystum Nesþjóðum. Öll öld var ógnfallin af stórvöldum, hrædd við {herklæddan herði böðgerðar}.
‘First the wise protector of the northern settlements [NORWEGIAN KING = Hákon], the one generous with peace, took payments from the Ness-people who ransomed their lives. All men were terror-struck by the supreme power, afraid of the war-clad strengthener of battle [WARRIOR].

notes and context

Hákon sailed from Shetland to Ronaldsay in Orkney, and in early August he sent men to Caithness in Scotland to exact payments from the people there. In return he promised them peace and protection.

[5-8]: The w. o. of the second helmingr follows that of NN §2291. Skj B construes ǫll ǫld var, hrædd af stórvǫldum, ógnfallin við herklæddan… ‘all people were, frightened by the supreme power, terror-struck by the war-clad…’ .



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 6: AII, 120-1, BII, 128, Skald II, 69, NN §§108, 2291; F 1871, 572, Flat 1860-8, III, 220.


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