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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Árm Lv 1II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Ármóðr, Lausavísur 1’ 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. 620-1.


text and translation

Eigi metr inn ítri
allvaldr gjafar skaldi
Yggs við aðra seggi
élstœrir mér fœra.
Snjallr bar glæst með gulli
grundar vǫrðr at mundum
buðlungr nýztr it bezta
blóðkerti Ármóði.

Inn ítri allvaldr, {{Yggs él}stœrir}, metr eigi við aðra seggi fœra mér, skaldi, gjafar. {Snjallr vǫrðr grundar}, nýztr buðlungr, bar {it bezta blóðkerti}, glæst með gulli, Ármóði at mundum.
‘The illustrious mighty ruler, the enlarger of the storm of Yggr <= Óðinn> [(lit. ‘storm-enlarger of Yggr’) BATTLE > WARRIOR] does not charge other men with bringing gifts to me, the poet. The keen guardian of the land [RULER = Rǫgnvaldr], the most useful prince, brought the best blood-candle [SPEAR], made bright with gold, to Ármóðr’s hands.

notes and context

After the arrival of Ármóðr and Oddi in Orkney, Jarl Rǫgnvaldr hosts a great Christmas feast, at which he gives out gifts. He presents Ármóðr with a gold-inlaid spear which he shakes at him, challenging him to compose a st. in return.

This event probably took place in 1148 (ÍF 34, lxxxviii).



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: Ármóðr, Lausavísur 1: AI, 530, BI, 511, Skald I, 250, NN §988; Flat 1860-8, II, 475, Orkn 1887, 153, Orkn 1913-16, 222, ÍF 34, 201-2 (ch. 85), Bibire 1988, 230-1.


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