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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 14II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 14’ 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. 691-2.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Norðan heldu alt um öldur,
auðar lundr, við þik til fundar
— húfar treystu drifnar dúfur —
dygðarmenn ór Finna bygðum.
Svífa léztu ór hverju hrófi
hlaðnar skeiðr á vatnit breiða;
sandi jós um stálin steindu
storðar gandr fyrir Elfi norðan.

{Lundr auðar}, dygðarmenn alt norðan ór bygðum Finna heldu um öldur til fundar við þik; húfar treystu drifnar dúfur. Léztu hlaðnar skeiðr svífa ór hverju hrófi á vatnit breiða; {gandr storðar} jós sandi um stálin steindu fyrir norðan Elfi.
‘Tree of wealth [GENEROUS MAN], trusty men all the way from the north from the settlements of the Saami sailed across the waves to the meeting with you; the hulls tested the foaming waves. You let the heavily-laden warships glide from every boat-shed onto wide water; the wolf of the land [WIND] dashed sand over the painted prows north of the Götaälv.

notes and context

Sturla returns to describing how men came from all over Viken to Tønsberg to join the king on his expedition to Denmark in 1257. According to the st., men came all the way from the Saami settlements in the north.

For this expedition, see also Sturl Hákfl 9 and Giz Hákdr.



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, 3. Hrynhenda 13: AII, 105-6, BII, 116, Skald II, 62, NN §2286; F 1871, 554, E 1916, 651, Hák 1910-86, 659, Hák 1977-82, 173, Flat 1860-8, III, 197.


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