Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Gautreks saga 31 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr 23)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 275.
Gengum fram í glam vápna,
konungsmenn kappi gnægðir.
Þar var Úlfr ok Erpr lítinn;
hjó ek brynjulauss báðum höndum.
Gengum fram í glam vápna, konungsmenn gnægðir kappi. Úlfr var þar ok Erpr lítinn; ek hjó brynjulauss báðum höndum.
‘We advanced in the clash of weapons, the king’s men endowed with vigour. Úlfr was there and Erpr lítinn (‘the Small’); I hewed without a mail-coat with both hands. ’
The battle is joined and Víkarr’s champions fight very well. Starkaðr fights using both hands and is not wearing a coat of mail. The stanza is introduced with the words sem hér segir ‘as it says here’.
This stanza is metrically mixed, with ll. 1, 3 and 5 being in kviðuháttr, and l. 7 in fornyrðislag.
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.
í glam vápna,
Þar var Úlfr
ok Erpr lítinn;
hjó ek brynjulauss
geingum framm i glam vapna | konungs menn kappa gnægder þar var Ulfr og Erpr litenn, hio jeg brynio lauz bädum hǫndum.
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