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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
23

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.

Mss: R(26r), Tˣ(27r), W(56), U(29r), B(5r) (SnE)

Readings: [1] Sannr: so all others, Saðr R

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

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

Notes: [All]: 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).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Edwards, Diana C. 1982-3. ‘Christian and Pagan References in Eleventh-Century Norse Poetry: The Case of Arnórr Jarlaskáld’. SBVS 21, 34-53.
  4. Whaley, Diana, ed. and trans. 1998. The Poetry of Arnórr jarlaskáld: An Edition and Study. Westfield Publications in Medieval Studies 8. Turnhout: Brepols.
  5. SnE 1931 = Snorri Sturluson. 1931. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar. Ed. Finnur Jónsson. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
  6. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  7. Internal references
  8. Not published: do not cite ()
  9. Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)
  10. Diana Whaley 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Poem about Hermundr Illugason’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 11.
  11. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Haraldsdrápa 17’ 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. 279-80.
  12. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 24’ 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. 258-9.
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