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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Magndr 15II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Magnússdrápa 15’ 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. 225.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonMagnússdrápa

text and translation

Sveins manna rekr sunnan
sǫndug lík at strǫndum;
vítt sér ǫld, fyr útan
Jótland hvar hræ fljóta.
Vitnir dregr ór vatni
(vann Ôleifs sonr bannat)
— búk slítr vargr í víkum —
valkǫst (ara fǫstu).

Sǫndug lík manna Sveins rekr sunnan at strǫndum; vítt sér ǫld, hvar hræ fljóta fyr útan Jótland. Vitnir dregr valkǫst ór vatni; {sonr Ôleifs} vann bannat fǫstu ara; vargr slítr búk í víkum.
‘Sandy corpses of Sveinn’s men are cast from the south onto the beaches; far and wide people see where bodies float off Jylland. The wolf drags a heap of slain from the water; Óláfr’s son [= Magnús] made fasting forbidden for the eagle; the wolf tears a corpse in the bays.

notes and context

In H-Hr, st. 15 is cited after st. 14, with a remark that much of Sveinn’s army fell, while some jumped overboard and perished, as Arnórr says. In Flat the context, as for st. 14, is the battle of Áróss.



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 15: AI, 342, BI, 314-15, Skald I, 159-60; Fms 6, 85-6 (Mgóð ch. 40), Fms 12, 138; Flat 1860-8, III, 284, Andersson and Gade 2000, 125-6, 470 (MH); Whaley 1998, 211-12.


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