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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 14VIII (Gautr 22)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 22 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 14)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 268.

Starkaðr gamli StórvirkssonVíkarsbálkr

text and translation

Mik lét sverði         hann sárum höggvinn
skarpeggjuðu         skjöld í gegnum,
hjálm af höfði         en haus skorat
ok kinnkjálka         klofinn í jaxla
en it vinstra         viðbein látit.

Hann lét mik sárum höggvinn skarpeggjuðu sverði í gegnum skjöld, hjálm af höfði en haus skorat ok kinnkjálka klofinn í jaxla en it vinstra viðbein látit.
‘He caused me to be struck with wounds with a sharp-edged sword right through my shield, [he caused] the helmet [to be struck] from my head, and my skull broken, and my jawbone cloven to the molars, and my left collar-bone to be shattered.

notes and context

As for Gautr 21. This and the following stanza list the various wounds Sísarr inflicts on Starkaðr.

This stanza has ten lines instead of the usual eight and the second line is corrupted. As there is only one ms. witness, it is not certain exactly what l. 2 contained, though it is likely to have included some form of the verb höggva ‘strike, cut down [with a sharp weapon]’ and some form of the noun sár ‘wound’, but the function of the twice-repeated hann is unclear and presumably a scribal error. Skj A gives the second word as särmann (ms. ‘särm’) but it seems more likely to stand for sárum. Editors have conjectured lét mik sáru hǫggvinn ‘he had me cut down with a wound’ (FSN; Gautr 1900; Edd. Min.; FSGJ) or lét mik sáran hǫggvit ‘he had me cut [so that I was] wounded’ (Skj B; Skald). The present edn has opted for a minimal emendation of the ms.’s ‘högg hann’ to höggvinn ‘struck’.



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 14: AII, 326, BII, 346, Skald II, 186; FSN 3, 23-4, Gautr 1900, 20, FSGJ 4, 20-1; Edd. Min. 40.


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