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Sturl Hryn 20II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 20’ 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. 697.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda
192021

text and translation

Norðr líkar þér alt at auka
yðvart vald um heiminn kalda,
— gegnir munu því fyrðar fagna —
fjörnis álfr, und leiðarstjörnu.
Þengill hefr þar annarr engi,
allvaldr, en þú ríki haldit;
lengra reiða þjóðir þangat
þína dýrð, en röðull skíni.

Þér líkar at auka vald yðvart, {álfr fjörnis}, um heiminn kalda, alt norðr und leiðarstjörnu; gegnir fyrðar munu fagna því. Engi annarr þengill en þú, allvaldr, hefr haldit ríki þar; þjóðir reiða dýrð þína þangat lengra, en röðull skíni.
 
‘It pleases you to increase your power, elf of the helmet [WARRIOR], around the cold world, all the way north under the North Star; reliable men will welcome that. No other prince but you, mighty ruler, has held power there; people will spread your glory in that direction further than the sun shines.

notes and context

The praise reaches its climax in the last two sts by describing the extent of Hákon’s domain. King Hákon added Greenland and Iceland to his kingdom in the 1260s, expanding the Norw. state even further to the north-west.

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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 20: AII, 108, BII, 118, Skald II, 63; F 1871, 567, Hák 1977-82, 189, Flat 1860-8, III, 214.

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