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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rǫgnvaldsdrápa — Arn RǫgndrII

Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson

Diana Whaley 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Rǫgnvaldsdrápa’ 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. 178-81.


Deildisk af, svát aldin
él grafninga þélar
gǫndlar Njǫrðr í Gǫrðum
gunnbráðr tíu háði.
‘It fell out in such a way that the war-hasty Njǫrðr <god> of battle [WARRIOR = Rǫgnvaldr] brought about ten ancient blizzards of the file of graven shields [SWORD > BATTLES] in Russia.
Réð Heita konr hleyti
herþarfr við mik gerva;
styrk lét oss of orkat
jarls mægð af því frægðar.
‘The army-beneficent descendant of Heiti [= Rǫgnvaldr] made [lit. did make] a marriage-alliance with me; the strong kinship by marriage with the jarl brought us [me] renown because of that.
Sannr stillir, hjalp snjǫllum,
sóltjalda, Rǫgnvaldi.
‘True ruler of the sun-awnings [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], help the prudent Rǫgnvaldr.

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