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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hardr 17II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Haraldsdrápa 17’ 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. 279-80.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHaraldsdrápa

text and translation

Bœnir hefk fyr beini
bragna falls við snjallan
Girkja vǫrð ok Garða;
gjǫf launak svá jǫfri.

Hefk bœnir fyr {beini falls bragna} við {snjallan vǫrð Girkja ok Garða}; svá launak jǫfri gjǫf.
‘I raise up prayers for the dealer of warriors’ deaths [WARRIOR] to the wise guardian of the Greeks and of Russia (Garðar) [= God]; thus I repay the prince for his gift.

notes and context

Snorri quotes this among helmingar which illustrate kennings for Christ, and introduces it, Grikkja konungr, sem Arnórr kvað ‘King of the Greeks, as Arnórr said’. In LaufE, the st. is also given as an illustration of a kenning for Christ.

[1-2]: On prayers in Arnórr’s memorial poems, see Note to Arn Rǫgndr 3.



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: Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld, 6. Erfidrápa om kong Harald hårdråde 19: AI, 353, BI, 325-6, Skald I, 165, NN §3097C; SnE 1848-87, I, 450-1, II, 334, 446, SnE 1931, 159, SnE 1998, I, 78; LaufE, 1979, 365; Whaley 1998, 300-1.


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