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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 12VIII (Gautr 20)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 20 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 266.

Starkaðr gamli StórvirkssonVíkarsbálkr

text and translation

Var Víkari         vegs um auðit,
en Herþjófi         heiptir goldnar.
Særðum seggi         en suma drápum;
stóðkat ek fjarri,         þá er fell konungr.

Var Víkari um auðit vegs, en Herþjófi heiptir goldnar. Særðum seggi en drápum suma; ek stóðkat fjarri, þá er konungr fell.
‘Honour was ordained for Víkarr and hostilities repaid to Herþjófr. We wounded men and killed some; I was standing not far away when the king fell.

notes and context

A short prose passage tells that Starkaðr and Víkarr fought side by side against King Herþjófr and eventually killed him. The other champions also distinguished themselves in the fight, as Starkaðr is reported to have commemorated in this stanza, introduced with the usual svá segir Starkaðr ‘so says Starkaðr’ (so 590b-cˣ, but Starkaðr kvað in 152).



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 12: AII, 326, BII, 346, Skald II, 186; FSN 3, 22, Gautr 1900, 19, FSGJ 4, 18; Edd. Min. 40.


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