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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 7II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 7’ 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. 684.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Allvaldr, rétt, því er ýtar heldu
ógnarbráðs at fylkis láði;
prúðar náðu sveitir síðan
sóknarstrangs á land at ganga.
Stórar (létu Halland herjat
hirðmenn þínir) frelsi sínu
víða týndu virða kindir
(vægðarlaust fyrir Geitkjörr austan).

Allvaldr, rétt, því er ýtar heldu at láði ógnarbráðs fylkis; prúðar sveitir sóknarstrangs náðu síðan at ganga á land. Stórar kindir virða týndu frelsi sínu víða; hirðmenn þínir létu herjat Halland vægðarlaust fyrir austan Geitkjörr.
‘Mighty ruler, you caused the men to go to the land of the battle-swift leader; the brave troops of the war-fierce one then went ashore. Great sons of men lost their freedom far and wide; your retainers raided Halland without mercy east of Geitkjörr.

notes and context

King Hákon’s troops disembark and invade Halland.



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 7: AII, 103-4, BII, 115, Skald II, 61, NN §1349; F 1871, 550, E 1916, 646, Hák 1910-86, 647, Hák 1977-82, 163, Flat 1860-8, III, 192.


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