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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 1II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 1’ 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. 231-2.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonÞorfinnsdrápa

text and translation

Nú hykk slíðrhugaðs segja
— síð léttir mér stríða —
(þýtr Alfǫður) ýtum
jarls kostu (brim hrosta).

Nú hykk segja ýtum kostu slíðrhugaðs jarls; síð léttir mér stríða; {{brim hrosta} Alfǫður} þýtr.
‘Now I mean to tell men of the excellence of the tough-minded jarl; not soon [lit. late] will my anguish lighten; the surf of malt [ALE] of Alfaðir <= Óðinn> [POETRY] roars.

notes and context

This, the first skaldic quotation in the Skm section of SnE, illustrates the skalds’ use of mythological heiti and kennings, in this case Óðinn being called Alfaðir ‘All-father’.



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 4: AI, 344, BI, 316, Skald I, 160; SnE 1848-87, I, 232-3, II, 302, 518, SnE 1931, 88, SnE 1998, I, 6; LaufE 1979, 256-7, 330; Whaley 1998, 220-1.


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