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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 12II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 12’ 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. 243.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Harri fekk í hverri
Hjaltlands þrumu branda
— greppr vill grams dýrð yppa —
gagn, sás hæstr vas bragna.

{Harri Hjaltlands}, sás vas hæstr bragna, fekk gagn í {hverri þrumu branda}; greppr vill yppa dýrð grams.
‘The lord of Shetland [= Þorfinnr], he who was highest of heroes, won victory in every thunderclap of swords [BATTLE]; the poet wishes to extol the worth of the ruler.

notes and context

This appears in SnE (Skm) among sts which illustrate terms proper to emperor, king and jarl alike, in this case harri or herra.

The B text is so damaged that it is chiefly represented here by the transcript in 744ˣ.



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 18: AI, 347, BI, 320, Skald I, 162; SnE 1848-87, I, 514-15, II, 545, 604, SnE 1931, 180, SnE 1998, I, 100; Whaley 1998, 242-3.


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