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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Rǫgndr 1II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Rǫgnvaldsdrápa 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 178-80.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonRǫgnvaldsdrápa

text and translation

Deildisk af, svát aldin
él grafninga þélar
gǫndlar Njǫrðr í Gǫrðum
gunnbráðr tíu háði.

Deildisk af, svát {gunnbráðr Njǫrðr gǫndlar} háði {tíu aldin él {þélar grafninga}} í Gǫrðum.
‘It fell out in such a way that the war-hasty Njǫrðr <god> of battle [WARRIOR = Rǫgnvaldr] brought about ten ancient blizzards of the file of graven shields [SWORD > BATTLES] in Russia.

notes and context

After the battle of Stiklestad (Stiklastaðir), Rǫgnvaldr Brúsason journeys eastwards and stays, together with Haraldr Sigurðarson, at the court of King Jaroslav (Jarizleifr) in north-west Russia (Garðaríki). In ÓH, the st. is simply prefaced by a loose paraphrase referring to Rǫgnvaldr’s long service and his many battles there as landvarnarmaðr ‘commander of defensive forces’. Orkn gives a fuller account and specifies that Rǫgnvaldr fought ten pitched battles in Novgorod (Hólmgarðr).



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: Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld, 1. Rǫgnvaldsdrápa 1: AI, 332, BI, 305, Skald I, 155, NN §§809, 2710A; ÓH 1941, I, 581 (ch. 232), ÍF 27, 440; Flat 1860-8, II, 409, Orkn 1913-16, 55, ÍF 34, 54 (ch. 21); Whaley 1998, 137-40.


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