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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 17II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 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, p. 249.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Stǫng bar jarl at Engla
ættgrund, en rauð stundu
— vé bað vísi knýja —
verðung ara tungu.
Hyrr óx; hallir þurru;
herdrótt rak þar flótta;
eim hratt, en laust ljóma,
limdolgr, náar himni.

Jarl bar stǫng at ættgrund Engla, en verðung rauð stundu tungu ara; vísi bað knýja vé. Hyrr óx; hallir þurru; herdrótt rak þar flótta; {limdolgr} hratt eim, en laust ljóma náar himni.
‘The jarl bore his standard onto the native soil of the English, and his retinue reddened at once the eagle’s tongue; the leader called for banners to advance. Flame grew; halls collapsed; the war-band drove [men] to flight there; the foe of branches [FIRE] flung out smoke, and hurled light close to the sky.

notes and context

As for st. 16, since st. 17 follows it directly.

An analysis of the motifs which make up this st. is offered in Whaley 1998, 58-61.



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 16: AI, 346-7, BI, 319, Skald I, 162; Flat 1860-8, II, 412, Orkn 1913-16, 64-5, ÍF 34, 61-2 (ch. 24); Whaley 1998, 253-5.


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