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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Magndr 19II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Magnússdrápa 19’ 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. 229.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonMagnússdrápa

text and translation

Ungr skjǫldungr stígr aldri
jafnmildr á við skildan
(þess vas grams) und gǫmlum
(gnóg rausn) Ymis hausi.

Jafnmildr ungr skjǫldungr stígr aldri und {gǫmlum hausi Ymis} á skildan við; rausn þess grams vas gnóg.
‘Never beneath the ancient skull of Ymir <giant> [SKY/HEAVEN] will an equally bounteous young king step aboard a shield-hung vessel; the magnificence of that lord was ample.

notes and context

This is the first of many skaldic quotations in SnE (and LaufE) which illustrate kennings for ‘sky’, here hauss Ymis ‘skull of Ymir’.



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 19: AI, 343, BI, 315, Skald I, 160, NN §§806, 825; SnE 1848-87, I, 318-19, II, 313, 526, SnE 1931, 113, SnE 1998, I, 33; LaufE 1979, 349-50; Whaley 1998, 219-20.


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