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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 10II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 10’ 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. 241-2.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Hátt bar Hjalta dróttinn
hjalm at geira jalmi
— ógnstœrir rauð Írum
odd — í ferðar broddi.
Minn dróttinn naut máttar
mildr und brezkum skildi;
hendi Hlǫðvis frændi
hermenn ok tók brenna.

{Dróttinn Hjalta} bar hjalm hátt í broddi ferðar at {jalmi geira}; {ógnstœrir} rauð odd Írum. Mildr dróttinn minn naut máttar und brezkum skildi; {frændi Hlǫðvis} hendi hermenn ok tók brenna.
‘The lord of Shetlanders [= Þorfinnr] bore his helmet high in the vanguard of his troop in the tumult of spears [BATTLE]; the sweller of battle-dread [WARRIOR] reddened his point on Irishmen. My bounteous lord made use of his strength beneath a British shield; Hlǫðvir’s kinsman [= Þorfinnr] captured warriors and began burning.

notes and context

Exactly as for st. 9, which st. 10 follows directly.



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, 5. Þórfinnsdrápa 10: AI, 345, BI, 318, Skald I, 161; Flat 1860-8, II, 407, Orkn 1913-16, 50-1, ÍF 34, 50-1 (ch. 20); Whaley 1998, 238-40.


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