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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 2II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 2’ 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. 232.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Orms felli drakk allan
alkostigr fen hrosta
— rausn drýgði þá ræsir —
Rǫgnvalds niðr í gǫgnum.

{Alkostigr niðr Rǫgnvalds} drakk {fen hrosta} í gǫgnum {allan felli orms}; ræsir drýgði þá rausn.
‘The excellent descendant of Rǫgnvaldr [= Þorfinnr] drank the swamp of malt [ALE] through all the serpent’s slayer [WINTER]; the ruler practised bounty then.

notes and context

In Orkn, the st. is quoted to corroborate a statement that Þorfinnr kept his retainers and other magnates (ríkismenn) in food and drink all through the winter, unlike other rulers who usually restricted such bounty to Yule. In LaufE, it is the first item in an appendix of skaldic extracts; the three kennings are underlined in ms. 743ˣ.

Further LaufE mss. have copies of ll. 1-2: see LaufE 1979, 112, 115-16.



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 2: AI, 334, BI, 316, Skald I, 160, NN §824; Orkn 1913-16, 53, ÍF 34, 52 (ch. 20); LaufE 1979, 403; Whaley 1998, 221-2.


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