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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 8II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 8’ 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. 685.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Syngja létu snarpir drengir
sóknar gífr í fleina drífu;
brandar hleyptu ört ór undum
ærnu blóði danskrar þjóðar.
Víða fellu vegnir þollar
(vígadrótt) í reknum flótta
(faldin gekk þar fast at hildi)
frægra málma (ægishjálmi).

Snarpir drengir létu {gífr sóknar} syngja í {drífu fleina}; brandar hleyptu ærnu blóði ört ór undum danskrar þjóðar. {Þollar frægra málma} fellu vegnir víða í reknum flótta; vígadrótt, faldin ægishjálmi, gekk þar fast at hildi.
‘Brisk warriors made the troll-woman of battle [AXE] sing in the snow-storm of spears [BATTLE]; swords made plenty of blood flow swiftly from the wounds of the Danish people. The fir-trees of famous weapons [WARRIORS] fell slain far and wide in flight; the war-band, hooded with the helmet of terror, pressed on hard in the battle there.

notes and context

The warfare in 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 8: AII, 104, BII, 115, Skald II, 61; F 1871, 550, E 1916, 646, Hák 1910-86, 648, 1977-82, 164, Flat 1860-8, III, 192.


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