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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Tøgdr 1I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórarinn loftunga, Tøgdrápa 1’ 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. 852.

Þórarinn loftungaTøgdrápa

text and translation

Knútrs und sólar.
Siðnæmr með lið
fór mjǫk mikit
minn vinr þinig.
Fœrði ór -firði
fimr gramr Lima-
út ólítinn
otrheims flota.

Knútrs und sólar … Siðnæmr vinr minn fór þinig með mjǫk mikit lið. Fimr gramr fœrði ólítinn flota {otrheims} út ór Limafirði.
‘Knútr is under the sun’s … My custom-practised friend went there with a very great force. The skilful lord brought no small fleet of the otter-world [SEA] out from Limfjorden.

notes and context

Stanzas 1-6 are quoted continuously, with no intermediate prose, in ÓH-Hkr and ÓHLeg; Fsk only has sts 1-4, also continuously. In each case the citation follows, and authenticates, an account (of varying fullness) of King Knútr’s journey from Denmark north along the Norwegian coast, and in ÓH-Hkr it forms part of a chapter featuring Þórarinn.

In ÓHLeg the stanzas are cited from a drápa about Knútr, while Fsk designates the poem as a kvæði. ÓH-Hkr follows an account of Þórarinn’s earlier poem Hfl with Þórarinn orti aðra drápu um Knút konung, er kǫlluð er Tøgdrápa. Í þeiri drápu er sagt frá þessum ferðum Knúts konungs, er hann fór ór Danmǫrku sunnan til Nóregs, ok er þetta einn stefjabálkr ‘Þórarinn composed another drápa about King Knútr, which is called Tøgdrápa. In that drápa these journeys of King Knútr are told about, when he went from Denmark north to Norway, and this is one stefjabálkr’ (ÍF 27, 308). — [5, 6] Limafirði ‘Limfjorden’: For the use of tmesis to accommodate a p. n. in skaldic lines, see Note to Hfr Óldr 2/7, 8; for another probable play on the p. n. Limafjǫrðr, see Glúmr Gráf 11/4 and Note. Limfjorden is a major fjord in northern Jutland. This stanza would seem to add to the evidence that it was navigable to the west at this period; see Note to Sigv Knútdr 8/8.



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: Þórarinn loftunga, 2. Tøgdrápa 2: AI, 322, BI, 298, Skald I, 151, NN §§2516, 2782, 3080; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 397, IV, 152, ÍF 27, 308 (ÓHHkr ch. 172); ÓH 1941, I, 474 (ch. 166), Flat 1860-8, II, 306; ÓHLeg 1922, 71, ÓHLeg 1982, 168-9; Fsk 1902-3, 171 (ch. 28), ÍF 29, 191-2 (ch. 33).


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