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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 19II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 19’ 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. 696-7.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Ríða frák ór borgum breiðum
bragna fjölð — af þínu magni
víða glöddusk valskar þjóðir
varrar eld — í móti svarra.
Síðan kaus um sæmðarfúsa
snildarbrúðr, þann er eiga vildi,
öðlings bræðr, af yðru ráði
æztra manna göfugr svanni.

Frák fjölð bragna ríða ór breiðum borgum í móti svarra; valskar þjóðir glöddusk víða {eld varrar} af magni þínu. Síðan kaus snildarbrúðr um sæmðarfúsa bræðr öðlings, þann er göfugr svanni vildi eiga æztra manna af ráði yðru.
‘I heard that a multitude of men rode from broad cities towards the proud lady; the southern people rejoiced far and wide in the fire of the sea [GOLD] from your power. Then the eloquent bride chose amongst the brothers of the ruler, eager for honour, the one that the noble, proud lady wanted to have of the foremost of men according to your counsel.

notes and context

Sturla returns to the description of Princess Kristín’s journey to Spain in 1257. The princess enjoyed a royal reception in every city she came to and finally chose Prince Philip to be her husband.



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 19: AII, 107-8, BII, 118, Skald II, 62-3; F 1871, 558, E 1916, 657, Hák 1910-86, 673, Flat 1860-8, III, 203.


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