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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 15VIII (Gautr 23)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 23 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 15)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 269.

Starkaðr gamli StórvirkssonVíkarsbálkr

text and translation

Ok á síðu         sverði beitti
mér öflugr         fyr mjöðm ofan,
en í aðra         atgeir lagði
köldum broddi,         svá at á kafi yddi;
þau sér merki         á mér gróin.

Ok öflugr beitti sverði á síðu mér fyr ofan mjöðm, en lagði atgeir í aðra köldum broddi, svá at yddi á kafi; sér þau merki gróin á mér.
‘And the powerful one thrust his sword into my side above one hip and plunged his halberd into the other with its cold point, so that it penetrated right through [me]; those scars are visible healed on me.

notes and context

As for Gautr 21.

A stanza of ten lines rather than the standard eight. Edd. Min. and Skj B place the last two lines in parentheses. — [3]: This line is in kviðuháttr.



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 15: AII, 326-7, BII, 346, Skald II, 186-7; FSN 3, 24, Gautr 1900, 21, FSGJ 4, 20-1; Edd. Min. 40.


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