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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 3II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 3’ 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. 114-16.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Dolgljóss, hefir dási
darrlatr staðit fjarri
endr, þás elju Rindar
ómynda tók skyndir.
Vasat Afríka jǫfri
Ánars mey fyr hônum
haglfaldinni at halda
hlýðisamt né lýðum.

Darrlatr dási hefir endr staðit fjarri, þás {skyndir {dolgljóss}} tók {ómynda elju Rindar}. Vasat hlýðisamt jǫfri Afríka né lýðum at halda {haglfaldinni mey Ánars} fyr hônum.
‘The spear-lazy sluggard stood far away at that time, when the speeder of battle-light [SWORD > WARRIOR] seized the rival of Rindr <giantess> lacking bride-payment [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)]. It was not possible for the prince of Africans or his people to hold the hail-coifed maiden of Ánarr <dwarf> [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)] against him.

notes and context

Fsk records how Haraldr amasses great treasure in several seasons of raiding in Afríka; he fights the king there and conquers territories. H-Hr has a similar context. In SnE the first helmingr is cited within a sequence illustrating kennings for jǫrð ‘earth’; elju Rindar is specified within the list that heads the ch. Of the SnE mss, U lacks the attribution to Þjóðólfr and hence appears to connect the st. implicitly with the preceding one, Hfr Hákdr 6III, which U attributes to ‘hallv’.

The kennings in this st. effect a personification of territory as Jǫrð which is strongly reminiscent of Hfr HákdrIII. See Note to Anon Nkt 8/1, 2. — The st. is introduced, Sem Þjóðólfr skáld segir ‘As the poet Þjóðólfr says’, to which FskAˣ adds, æftir orðum sialfs hans ‘in his very words’.



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, 3. Sexstefja 3: AI, 369, BI, 339-40, Skald I, 171; Fsk 1902-3, 223-4 (ch. 43), ÍF 29, 231-2 (ch. 51); Fms 6, 140 (HSig ch. 5), Fms 12, 141; SnE 1848-87, I, 322-3, II, 315, 528, SnE 1931, 116, SnE 1998, I, 36.


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