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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Jór Send 4I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Jórunn skáldmær, Sendibítr 4’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 148.

Jórunn skáldmærSendibítr

text and translation

Hvar vitu einka ǫrvir
ǫrveðrs frama gǫrvan
tinglrýrǫndum tungla
tveir jǫfrar veg meira,
an geðharðir gerðu
golls landrekar þollum
— upp angr of hófsk yngva —
óblinds fyr lof Sindra?

Hvar vitu tveir einka ǫrvir jǫfrar meira veg, frama {ǫrveðrs} gǫrvan {{tungla tingl}rýrǫndum}, an geðharðir landrekar gerðu {þollum golls} fyr lof óblinds Sindra? Angr yngva of hófsk upp.
‘Where do two especially brave princes know of greater honour, fame of arrow-storm [BATTLE], granted to destroyers of moons of the prow-board [(lit. ‘prow-board-destroyers of moons’) SHIELDS > WARRIORS] than tough-minded land-rulers granted to firs of gold [MEN] because of the praise of clear-sighted Sindri (‘Spark’ (?))? The trouble of the princes was lifted.

notes and context

As for sts 2 and 3.

Though somewhat unclear in the ms., the readings (normalised) gǫrvan ‘granted’ (l. 2), gerðu ‘granted’ (l. 5) and landrekar ‘land-rulers’ (l. 6) are also printed in Skj A and ÓH 1941, and give good sense in context. — The stanza (which is complemented by st. 5) seems to refer to the general benefit that resulted when the landrekar ‘land-rulers’, Haraldr and Hálfdan, agreed to make peace as a reward for Guthormr’s poetry. — [7]: The line is unusual in having three (vocalic) alliterating staves.



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: Jórunn skáldmær, Sendibítr 4: AI, 60, BI, 53, Skald I, 33-4, NN §§248, 1925; ÓH 1941, I, 12 (ch. 3).


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