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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Magndr 11II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Magnússdrápa 11’ 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. 220-1.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonMagnússdrápa

text and translation

Svá hlóð siklingr hôvan
snarr af ulfa barri
(hrósak hugfulls vísa)
hrækǫst (fira* ævi),
at áleggjar Yggjar
allnôttfǫrull máttit,
— ǫld lá vítt — þótt vildi,
vífs marr yfir klífa.

Snarr siklingr hlóð svá hôvan hrækǫst af {barri ulfa}—hrósak ævi hugfulls vísa fira*—, at {allnôttfǫrull marr {vífs {Yggjar {áleggjar}}}} máttit klífa yfir, þótt vildi; ǫld lá vítt.
‘The keen sovereign heaped up so high a corpse-mound of wolves’ barley [CORPSES]—I praise the life of the mettlesome leader of men—that, ever prowling by night, the steed of the wife of the Yggr <= Óðinn> of the river-limb [ROCK > GIANT > GIANTESS > WOLF] could not scale it, though he longed to; men were strewn widely.

notes and context

In H-Hr, Magnús fells the fleeing Wends until the corpses are piled up like waves on either hand, then the st. is cited. In Flat, st. 11 follows st. 10 and Arn Hryn 13.



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, 3. Magnúsdrápa 11: AI, 341, BI, 313-14, Skald I, 159, NN §821; Fms 6, 68 (Mgóð ch. 34), Fms 12, 133; Flat 1860-8, III, 281-2, Andersson and Gade 2000, 122, 470 (MH); Whaley 1998, 203-5.


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