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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Rǫgndr 3II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Rǫgnvaldsdrápa 3’ 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. 181.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonRǫgnvaldsdrápa

text and translation

Sannr stillir, hjalp snjǫllum,
sóltjalda, Rǫgnvaldi.

{Sannr stillir {sóltjalda}}, hjalp snjǫllum Rǫgnvaldi.
‘True ruler of the sun-awnings [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], help the prudent Rǫgnvaldr.

notes and context

The couplet is one of a sequence quoted in Skm to illustrate kennings for ‘sky’.

This is the first of five prayers for deceased heroes in Arnórr’s extant poetry, the others being in Þorfdr 24 and 25, Hardr 17 and Arn HermIII. The use of the verb hjalpa ‘help’ (l. 1) is paralleled in skaldic poetry including Þorfdr 24 and HermIII and in runic inscriptions (see Edwards 1982-3, 39).



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, 1. Rǫgnvaldsdrápa 3: AI, 332, BI, 306, Skald I, 155; SnE 1848-87, I, 320-1, II, 314, 527, SnE 1931, 114, SnE 1998, I, 35; Whaley 1998, 141.


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