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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 13II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 13’ 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. 243-4.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Veitk, þars Vatnsfjǫrðr heitir,
(vask í miklum haska)
míns (við mannkyns reyni)
merki dróttins verka.
Þjóð bar skjótt af skeiðum
skjaldborg fríamorgin;
gǫrla sák, at gínði
grár ulfr of ná sôrum.

Veitk merki verka dróttins míns, þars heitir Vatnsfjǫrðr; vask í miklum haska við {reyni mannkyns}. Þjóð bar skjótt skjaldborg af skeiðum fríamorgin; sák gǫrla, at grár ulfr gínði of sôrum ná.
‘I know there are tokens of the exploits of my lord, where it is called Vatnsfjǫrðr; I was in great peril with the trier of men [RULER]. The crew carried swiftly the shield-wall from the warships on Friday morning; I saw clearly that the grey wolf gaped over the wounded corpse.

notes and context

A great and bloody battle is fought at Vatnsfjǫrðr, beginning early in the day and ending in victory for the jarls.

The relevant part of the text in 332ˣ ends just before this st. would have appeared.



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, 5. Þórfinnsdrápa 12: AI, 346, BI, 318, Skald I, 161; Flat 1860-8, II, 411, Orkn 1913-16, 61, ÍF 34, 58 (ch.  22); Whaley 1998, 243-5.


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