Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 28 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 20)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 273.
Réð Friðþjófr fyrst at senda
heiptarboð horskum jöfri,
hvárt Víkarr vildi gjalda
hilmi skatt eða her þola.
Friðþjófr réð fyrst at senda horskum jöfri heiptarboð, hvárt Víkarr vildi gjalda hilmi skatt eða þola her.
‘Friðþjófr first sent a message of hostility to the wise prince, [enquiring] whether Víkarr wanted to pay tribute to the ruler or suffer his army. ’
This stanza is said to be Starkaðr’s poetic summary of the situation described in a few lines of saga prose. Friðþjófr, having heard that his two brothers had been killed, returns to Opplandene and regains his kingdom from Víkarr. He then sends a message to Víkarr offering him the choice of paying tribute or facing an enemy attack.
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.
fyrst at senda
eða her þola.
red Fridþ.̂ first ad senda heiptar bod hörskum Jǫfre, hvǫrt Wikar | konungr villdi giallda, hilme skatt ęda her þola.
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