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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Lv 1II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Lausavísa 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. 280-1.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonLausavísa1

text and translation

Drengrs í gegn at ganga
— gótts fylgja vel dróttni —
— ǫld leynik því aldri —
ófúss syni Brúsa.
Oss’s, ef jarlar þessir
ógnbráðir til ráðask,
— hǫrð mun vinraun verða —
vandligr kostr fyr hǫndum.

Drengrs ófúss at ganga í gegn {syni Brúsa}; leynik aldri því ǫld; gótts fylgja dróttni vel. Oss’s vandligr kostr fyr hǫndum, ef þessir ógnbráðir jarlar ráðask til; hǫrð vinraun mun verða.
‘[This] warrior is not keen to go against the son of Brúsi [= Rǫgnvaldr]; I shall never conceal that from men; it is good to support one’s lord well. I [lit. we] have a hard choice on my hands, if these battle-hasty jarls attack one another; a harsh ordeal of friendship will come about.

notes and context

Part-way through the sea-battle off Rauðabjǫrg between the jarls Þorfinnr and Rǫgnvaldr, Arnórr is put ashore along with the dead and wounded and speaks the st.

For this battle, see also Arn Þorfdr 19-22 (as mentioned above) and BjHall Kálffl 8I.



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, 7. Vers af ubestemmelige digte, samt én lausavísa 5: AI, 354, BI, 326-7, Skald I, 165; Flat 1860-8, II, 415, Orkn 1913-16, 69-70, ÍF 34, 66-7 (ch. 26); Whaley 1998, 301-2.


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