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ÞjóðA Magnfl 2II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 2’ 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. 65-6.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr
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text and translation

Út rétt, allvaldr, skjóta
— ekin dúðisk rô — snekkju,
en þrítøgt skip þrautar
þann tíð í haf skríða.
Vægðit vendi sveigðum
veðr ótt of þér, dróttinn;
hlóðu hirðmenn prúðir
húnskript í Sigtúnum.

Allvaldr, rétt skjóta snekkju út, en [rétt] þrítøgt skip skríða þrautar í haf þann tíð; ekin rô dúðisk. Ótt veðr vægðit sveigðum vendi of þér, dróttinn; prúðir hirðmenn hlóðu {húnskript} í Sigtúnum.
 
‘Mighty ruler, you launched [lit. did launch] a warship out, and [made] the thirty-benched ship glide at full stretch over the sea at that time; the driven sailyard shuddered. The raging wind did not spare the swayed mast above you, lord; splendid retainers took down the decorated cloth [SAIL] of the mast-top in Sigtuna (Sigtúnir).

notes and context

Making his way westwards from Novgorod (Hólmgarðr), Magnús stops in Sigtuna (Sigtúnir, Sweden), where his stepmother, Ástríðr, rallies support for him.

The st. is introduced, Svá segir Þjóðólfr í Magnúsflokki ‘As Þjóðólfr says in Magnússflokkr’—the only direct reference to the poem’s title.

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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: Þjóðolfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnúsflokkr 2: AI, 361, BI, 332, Skald I, 168, NN §§848, 3228; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 7, IV, 180, ÍF 28, 7, Hkr 1991, 559-60 (Mgóð ch. 1), F 1871, 169, E 1916, 8.

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