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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Magndr 16II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Magnússdrápa 16’ 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. 225-6.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonMagnússdrápa

text and translation

Uppgǫngu vann yngvi
arflógandi gnóga;
gerði hilmir Hǫrða
hjǫrþey á Skáneyju.

Arflógandi yngvi vann gnóga uppgǫngu; {hilmir Hǫrða} gerði {hjǫrþey} á Skáneyju.
‘The wealth-squandering sovereign launched an ample advance ashore; the prince of the Hǫrðar [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] caused a thawing wind of swords [BATTLE] on Skåne (Skáney).

notes and context

In H-Hr, Magnús pursues Sveinn and his surviving troops to Skåne (Skáney), going ashore and ravaging there. In Fsk, the context is similar, although it is not suggested that Magnús was pursuing Sveinn. In Flat, the st. follows immediately st. 13 and ÞjóðA Magnfl 17.

Fsk Aˣ lacks this st. and the introduction to st. 17, so that the sentences about the raid on Skáney are incongruously followed by st. 17, about the raid on Falster (Falstr).



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 16: AI, 342, BI, 315, Skald I, 160, NN §2520; Fms 6, 87 (Mgóð ch. 40), Fms 12, 138; Flat 1860-8, III, 283, Andersson and Gade 2000, 124, 470 (MH); Fsk 1902-3, 215 (ch. 42), ÍF 29, 225 (ch. 50); Whaley 1998, 212-14.


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