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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 10II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 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, p. 122.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Vatn lézt, vísi, slitna,
víðkunnr, of skǫr þunnri,
(dýr klufu flóð) þars fóruð
(flaust) í Danmǫrk austan.
Bauð hǫlf við sik síðan
sonr Ôleifs þér (hôla
frændr, hykk, at þar fyndisk
fegnir) lǫnd ok þegna.

Lézt vatn slitna, víðkunnr vísi, of þunnri skǫr, þars fóruð í Danmǫrk austan; dýr flaust klufu flóð. Síðan bauð {sonr Ôleifs} þér hǫlf lǫnd ok þegna við sik; hykk, at frændr fyndisk þar hôla fegnir.
‘You caused the water to be parted, wide-famed leader, around the thin planking, as you travelled from the east into Denmark; the splendid ships clove the flood. Then Óláfr’s son [= Magnús] offered you half the lands and retainers with himself; I think that the kinsmen met there most joyfully.

notes and context

Having been offered joint rule of Norway by Magnús Óláfsson, and having eluded an assassination attempt by his former ally Sveinn Úlfsson, Haraldr hastens to a joyful reunion with Magnús.

For the meeting of the royal kinsmen, see also ÞjóðA Frag 1 and Bǫlv Hardr 7.



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 9: AI, 371, BI, 341, Skald I, 172; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 106-7, IV, 215-6, ÍF 28, 97-8, Hkr 1991, 620 (HSig ch. 22), F 1871, 205, E 1916, 47; Fms 6, 180-1 (HSig ch. 19), Fms 12, 146-7.


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