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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Jór Send 5I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Jórunn skáldmær, Sendibítr 5’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 149.

Jórunn skáldmærSendibítr

text and translation

Hróðr vann hringa stríðir
Haralds framm kveðinn ramman;
Goðþormr hlaut af gæti
góð laun kveðins óðar.
Raunframra brá rimmu
runnr skjǫldunga gunnar;
áðr bjósk herr til hjǫrva
hreggs dǫglinga tveggja.

{Stríðir hringa} vann framm kveðinn ramman hróðr Haralds; Goðþormr hlaut góð laun kveðins óðar af gæti. {Runnr gunnar} brá rimmu raunframra skjǫldunga; áðr bjósk herr tveggja dǫglinga til {hreggs hjǫrva}.
‘The enemy of rings [GENEROUS MAN] performed a powerful panegyric for Haraldr; Guthormr got good reward for the recited poem from the sovereign. The tree of battle [WARRIOR] ended the clash between the truly successful rulers; previously the army of [each of] the two princes had prepared for a storm of swords [BATTLE].

notes and context

As for sts 2 and 3.

[7-8]: As Kock (NN §1051) points out, ‘the army had previously prepared for the battle of the two princes’ is equally possible. — [8]: This line echoes Þhorn Gldr 3/8, with a similar battle context, but, as de Vries (1964-7, I, 151) notes, they mean quite different things.



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: Jórunn skáldmær, Sendibítr 5: AI, 61, BI, 54, Skald I, 34, NN §§1051, 1819; ÓH 1941, I, 12 (ch. 3).


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