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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 4VIII (Gautr 12)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 12 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 258.

Starkaðr gamli StórvirkssonVíkarsbálkr

text and translation

Þrévetran mik         þaðan af flutti
Hrosshárs-Grani         til Hörðalands.
Nam ek á Aski         upp at vaxa;
sákat niðja         á níu vetrum.

Hrosshárs-Grani flutti mik þrévetran þaðan af til Hörðalands. Ek nam at vaxa upp á Aski; sákat niðja á níu vetrum.
‘Hrosshárs-Grani (‘Horse-hair Grani’) carried me off from there at the age of three years to Hordaland. I grew up at Ask; I did not see my kinsmen for nine winters.

notes and context

Following the information given in the Context to Gautr 11, the prose text goes on to mention one of the important men in King Herþjófr’s army called Grani, or Hrosshárs-Grani; on this name, see Note to line 3 below. He lived on the island of Fenhring (now Askøy near Bergen; cf. Þul Eyja 4/4III and Note) off the coast of Hordaland at a farm called Askr. Grani abducted Starkaðr, who was then aged three, and took him home to Fenhring, where he stayed for nine years. Gautr 11 and 12 are introduced with Svá segir Starkaðr ‘so says Starkaðr’.



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 13. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Gautrekssaga II 4: AII, 324-5, BII, 344, Skald II, 185; FSN 3, 17-18, Gautr 1664, 21, Gautr 1900, 14-15, FSGJ 4, 14; Edd. Min. 38.


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