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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 11VIII (Gautr 19)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 19 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 11)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 265.

Starkaðr gamli StórvirkssonVíkarsbálkr

text and translation

Var Víkari         vant at fylgja,
þvíat fremstr ok fyrstr         í flokki stóð.
Hjuggum hjálma         með höfuðgnípum,
brynjur sníddum         ok brutum skjöldu.

Var vant at fylgja Víkari, þvíat stóð fremstr ok fyrstr í flokki. Hjuggum hjálma með höfuðgnípum, sníddum brynjur ok brutum skjöldu.
‘It was difficult to follow Víkarr, because he stood foremost and first in the troop. We hewed helmets with head-peaks, we cut mail-coats and broke shields.

notes and context

A short prose paragraph summarises the outcome of the battle: Herþjófr’s men put up a good fight, but Víkarr’s select troop prevails in the end. The stanza is put into Starkaðr’s mouth, with the usual svá segir Starkaðr ‘so says Starkaðr’ formula.



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 11: AII, 326, BII, 345-6, Skald II, 186; FSN 3, 21, Gautr 1900, 18, FSGJ 4, 18; Edd. Min. 40.


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