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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 6II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 6’ 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. 682-3.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Svíða létu þínar þjóðir
þunnar skeiðr með búnu reiði
— Gautar spurðu leiðangr ljótan —
lunda völl at Mostrarsundi.
Síðan leit, er seglum hlóðu,
snarfengr konungr, yðrir drengir
— lýsa tók af herskips hausum —
hrygðarfólk í Dana bygðum.

Þjóðir þínar létu þunnar skeiðr með búnu reiði svíða {völl lunda} at Mostrarsundi; Gautar spurðu ljótan leiðangr. Síðan leit hrygðarfólk í bygðum Dana, er drengir yðrir, snarfengr konungr, hlóðu seglum; lýsa tók af hausum herskips.
‘Your men caused the slender warships with adorned tackle to move swiftly across [lit. scorch] the plain of puffins [SEA] to Mostrarsund; the Gautar heard about the menacing fleet. Then the rueful people in the settlements of the Danes saw when your warriors, sturdy king, took down the sails; it began to gleam from the warship’s heads.

notes and context

Hákon’s ships glide across the sea, gleaming in the sun, and land in Halland.

According to the prose, King Hákon split up his troops before attacking Halland. One third of the forces sailed to Mostrarsund in northern Halland, the rest went south to Glaumsteinn. Neither of these place names has been identified.



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 6: AII, 103-4, BII, 114-15, Skald II, 60, NN §2285; F 1871, 549, E 1916, 645, Hák 1910-86, 646, Hák 1977-82, 163, Flat 1860-8, III, 191-2.


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