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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hryn 8II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda, Magnússdrápa 8’ 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. 192-3.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHrynhenda, Magnússdrápa

text and translation

Eignask namtu óðal þegna
allan Nóreg, gotna spjalli;
manngi ryðr þér mildingr annarr,
Mœra gramr, til landa œri.

{Spjalli gotna}, namtu eignask óðal þegna, allan Nóreg; manngi annarr mildingr, {gramr Mœra}, ryðr til landa œri þér.
‘Confidant of men [RULER], you came to win the patrimony of liegemen, all of Norway; no other monarch, lord of the Mœrir [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús], will clear himself lands when younger than you.

notes and context

Magnús takes Norway under his rule without bloodshed, welcomed by a people weary of Dan. overlordship.

In H-Hr, the st. is attributed to Arnórr ‘i hrunhendu’. In Flat, it is attributed, together with Arn Magndr 4, to ‘Skúli’.



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 8: AI, 334, BI, 307-8, Skald I, 156, NN §812; Fms 6, 26 (Mgóð ch. 13), Fms 12, 127; Flat 1860-8, III, 264, Andersson and Gade 2000, 101, 466 (MH); Whaley 1998, 158-9.


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