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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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StarkSt Vík 6VIII (Gautr 14)/3 — gísl ‘the hostage’

Unz Víkarr kom         frá vita innan,
gísl Herþjófs,         gekk inn í sal.
Hann kendi mik,         hann kvaddi mik
upp at standa         ok andsvara.

Unz Víkarr, gísl Herþjófs, kom frá vita innan, gekk inn í sal. Hann kendi mik, hann kvaddi mik at standa upp ok andsvara.

Until Víkarr, the hostage of Herþjófr, came from inside the beacon, went into the hall. He recognised me, he called on me to get up and answer.


[1, 3] Víkarr, gísl Herþjófs ‘Víkarr, the hostage of Herþjófr’: The prose saga tells that the sons of many powerful men in Agder, including Víkarr, son of King Haraldr, were taken hostage after Haraldr’s death. Víkarr and Starkaðr were foster-brothers, as Starkaðr had been taken into King Haraldr’s household after his own father, Stórvirkr, had been killed.



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