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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 18II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 18’ 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, p. 695.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Öllum þótti, Egða stillir,
ægiligt, inn víða frægi,
gunnar logs fyrir græði sunnan
geigurþing við yðr at eiga.
Sætta báðu, Sygna dróttinn,
snjallráðan þik Danir allir,
fyrða gramr, þvít fegnir urðu
fjandmenn þínir lífi sínu.

{Inn víða frægi stillir Egða}, öllum þótti ægiligt at eiga {geigurþing {logs gunnar}} við yðr fyrir sunnan græði. {Dróttinn Sygna}, allir Danir báðu þik, snjallráðan, sætta, þvít fjandmenn þínir urðu fegnir lífi sínu, {gramr fyrða}.
‘Far-famed ruler of the Egðir [NORWEGIAN KING = Hákon], to everyone it seemed terrifying to hold a dangerous meeting of the flame of battle [SWORD > BATTLE] with you south of the sea. Lord of the Sygnir [NORWEGIAN KING = Hákon], all the Danes begged you, wise-ruling one, for a settlement, because your enemies were glad to save their lives, ruler of men [KING].

notes and context

King Hákon met with King Kristófór in Copenhagen. The archbishop acted as intermediary and the Danes agreed to a truce because they were intimidated by the great Norw. fleet.



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 17: AII, 107, BII, 117, Skald II, 62, NN §3266A; F 1871, 556, E 1916, 654, Hák 1910-86, 666, Hák 1977-82, 177, Flat 1860-8, III, 200.


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