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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 16II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 16’ 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. 693-4.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Ærin, var, sem elding færi
(inn um borð) á lægi norðan,
(öldum varp) er húfum helduð,
hilmis kundr, til jörmungrundar.
Víða þurðu vísa ferðar
veglig flaust und búnu segli;
geiga létuð gyltar sýjur,
grundar vörðr, at Eyrarsundi.

Var, sem ærin elding færi norðan á lægi, {kundr hilmis}, er helduð húfum til jörmungrundar; varp öldum inn um borð. Veglig flaust vísa ferðar þurðu víða und búnu segli; {vörðr grundar}, létuð gyltar sýjur geiga at Eyrarsundi.
‘It was as if a great flash of lightning travelled from the north across the sea, son of the ruler [= Hákon], when you brought the hulls to the vast land; waves were thrown in over the gunwale. Magnificent ships of the leader of the troop raced far and wide under the adorned sail; defender of the land [KING], you let gilded ships drift to Øresund.

notes and context

King Hákon sailed with 315 ships from Öckerö south through Øresund.



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 15: AII, 106, BII, 117, Skald II, 62; F 1871, 555, E 1916, 653, Hák 1910-86, 664, Hák 1977-82, 176, Flat 1860-8, III, 199.


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