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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 3II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 3’ 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. 679-80.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Öldum segik, hvé ófrið gulduð,
unnviggs skipuðr, Dönum sunnan;
víða settu þínar þjóðir
þunnar skeiðr af fýrihlunnum.
Stórir höfðu útboð ærin
yðrir þegnar rán at hegna
(ýtum þóttit leiðangr lítill)
langa stund (fyrir víðri grundu).

Segik öldum, hvé gulduð Dönum ófrið sunnan, {skipuðr {unnviggs}}; þjóðir þínar settu víða þunnar skeiðr af fýrihlunnum. Stórir þegnar yðrir höfðu ærin útboð at hegna rán langa stund; ýtum þóttit leiðangr lítill fyrir víðri grundu.
‘I tell men how you repaid the Danes for hostility from the south, commander of the wave-steed [SHIP > KING]; your troops launched far and wide slender warships from the fir-rollers. Your mighty liegemen had ample conscription to punish plundering for a long time; men did not consider the fleet to be small off the wide land.

notes and context

In 1253, King Hákon summoned a large fleet and prepared to set sail for Denmark. The inhabitants of Halland were terrified when the news of the Norw. fleet reached Denmark. Stanzas 3-4 describe the launching of the fleet, the sailing to Halland and the reaction of the inhabitants.

For this event, see also Sturl Hákfl 8.



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 3: AII, 102-3, BII, 114, Skald II, 60; F 1871, 545, E 1916, 639-40, Hák 1910-86, 635, Hák 1977-82, 157, Flat 1860-8, III, 187.


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