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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hryn 20II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda, Magnússdrápa 20’ 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. 206.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHrynhenda, Magnússdrápa

text and translation

Skjǫldungr, mun þér annarr aldri
œðri gramr und sólu fœðask.

Skjǫldungr, annarr gramr œðri þér mun aldri fœðask und sólu.
‘King, another lord loftier than you will never be born under the sun.

notes and context

Snorri tells how the names of famous dynasties, including the Skjǫldungar (descended from Skjǫldr in Denmark) have come to be used in poetry as appellations for rulers.

The sources identify Arnórr as poet, except ms. A, which names Markús, and U, in which the ll. follow straight on from ÞjóðA Lv 11/5-8.



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: Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld, 2. Hrynhenda, Magnúsdrápa 20: AI, 338, BI, 311, Skald I, 158; SnE 1848-87, I, 526-7, II, 463, 542, 608, SnE 1931, 185, SnE 1998, I, 104; Whaley 1998, 181.


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