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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 25II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 25’ 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. 259-60.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Ættbœti firr ítran
allríks, en biðk líkna
trúra tyggja dýrum,
Torf-Einars, goð, meinum.

Goð, firr {ítran ættbœti allríks Torf-Einars} meinum, en biðk trúra líkna dýrum tyggja.
‘God, keep the splendid kin-ennobler of all-powerful Torf-Einarr [= Þorfinnr] far from harms, and I ask true mercies for the precious prince.

notes and context

The helmingr is cited because of the kenning ættbœtir Torf-Einars ‘kin-ennobler of Torf-Einarr’ in the same context as Arn Rǫgndr 2 and sts 4 and 16/5-8 above.

On prayers in Arnórr’s encomia, see Note to Rǫgndr 3.



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 25: AI, 348, BI, 321, Skald I, 163; SnE 1848-87, I, 464-5, II, 339, SnE 1931, 164, SnE 1998, I, 83; Whaley 1998, 267-8.


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