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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞSjár Þórdr 3I

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar 3’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 239.

Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson)Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar

text and translation

Þrot vas sýnt, þás settusk
sinn róðrs við hlum stinnan
— maðr lét ǫnd ok annarr
ófár — búendr sárir.
Ok hjǫrkrafðir hǫfðu
huggendr Munins tuggu
gauks við gjǫlfrum leikna
grunnu* sand í munni.

Þrot vas sýnt, þás sárir búendr settusk við sinn stinnan hlum róðrs; maðr lét ǫnd ok ófár annarr. Ok {hjǫrkrafðir huggendr {gauks {tuggu Munins}}} hǫfðu sand í munni við grunnu*, leikna gjǫlfrum.
‘Exhaustion was obvious when wounded farmers seated themselves by their unbending oar-handle; a man gave up his life, and not a few others. And the sword-claimed comforters of the cuckoo of Muninn’s <raven’s> mouthful [CORPSE > EAGLE > WARRIORS] had sand in their mouths by the shallows, swept by the waves.

notes and context

As st. 2 above.

In Hkr and ÓT, sts 3/1-4 and 4 form a single stanza.



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: Þórðr Særeksson, 2. Þórolfs drápa Skolmssonar 4: AI, 328-9, BI, 303, Skald I, 154, NN §1131; Fsk 1902-3, 45-6 (ch. 12), ÍF 29, 92 (ch. 13); Hkr 1893-1901, I, 217, ÍF 26, 191-2 (HákGóð ch. 31), F 1871, 83; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 45 (ch. 28).


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