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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 23II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 23’ 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. 257-8.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Hringstríði varð hlýða
herr frá Þursaskerjum
— rétt segik þjóð, hvé þótti
Þórfinnr — til Dyflinnar.

Herr varð hlýða {hringstríði} frá Þursaskerjum til Dyflinnar; segik þjóð rétt, hvé Þórfinnr þótti.
‘People had to heed the ring-harmer [GENEROUS RULER] from Þursasker to Dublin; I tell men truly how Þorfinnr was regarded.

notes and context

The st. is preceded in Hkr and ÓH by a comment on Þorfinnr’s pre-eminence, which ends with a remark that he gained possession of Shetland, the Orkneys and the Hebrides, and had great power in Scotland and Ireland. Orkn claims nine earldoms in Scotland, all the Hebrides and great power in Ireland.



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 23: AI, 348, BI, 321, Skald I, 162; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 214, ÍF 27, 174, Hkr 1991, 374 (ÓH ch. 103); Flat 1860-8, II, 182, ÓH 1941, I, 255 (ch. 89); Flat 1860-8, II, 421, Orkn 1913-16, 86, ÍF 34, 81 (ch. 32); Whaley 1998, 362-4.


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