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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 9VIII (Gautr 17)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 17 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 9)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 263.

Starkaðr gamli StórvirkssonVíkarsbálkr

text and translation

Styr ok Steinþóri         frá Staði norðan;
þar var inn gamli         Gunnólfr blesi.
Þá váru vér         þrettán saman;
fær varliga         fríðri drengi.

Styr ok Steinþóri frá norðan Staði; inn gamli Gunnólfr blesi var þar. Þá váru vér þrettán saman; fær varliga fríðri drengi.
‘Styrr and Steinþórr from north of Stadlandet; the old Gunnólfr blesi (‘Blaze’) was there. We were then thirteen together; finer fellows are scarcely to be had.

notes and context

As for Gautr 16.

This stanza carries on syntactically from Gautr 16, completing the list of the twelve champions (kappar) Víkarr gathered together. Like the personal names in Gautr 16, the personal names in 17/1 are in the dat. sg., dependent on the verb safnaði ‘gathered’ in Gautr 16/1.



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 9: AII, 325, BII, 345, Skald II, 186; FSN 3, 20, Gautr 1664, 23, Gautr 1900, 17, FSGJ 4, 16-17; Edd. Min. 39.


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