Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Knútsdrápa 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. 655.
— namsk þat — með gram
til slétts svalir
En með annan
á hendr at há
her sœnskan ferr.
Svalir kilir þurðu norðan með gram til slétts Silunds; þat namsk. En Ǫnundr ferr með annan, sœnskan her at há á hendr Dǫnum.
Cool keels rushed from the north with the ruler [Óláfr] to level Zealand; that has been learned. And Ǫnundr travels with another, Swedish army at the oars against the Danes.
Mss: Kˣ(405v) (Hkr); Holm2(51r), J2ˣ(195r), 321ˣ(180) (l. 1), 73aˣ(157v), 68(48v), Holm4(45ra), 61(111rb), 325V(57ra), 325VII(29v) (ll. 1-6), Bb(180va), Flat(114vb), Tóm(137v) (ÓH); FskBˣ(46v) (Fsk); DG8(92r) (ÓHLeg)
Readings:  Þurðu: þorðu Holm2, 68, 61, 325V, 325VII, DG8, þorðut Bb, Flat, þurði FskBˣ  namsk þat: þat namsk 73aˣ, ‘nanizs þat’ Bb; með: við DG8  slétts: ‘slæs’ 68, ‘suez’ Tóm  Silunds: ‘silur’ Holm2, Selunds J2ˣ, 73aˣ, 325V, Bb, ‘salundz’ 61; kilir: skilit 61  með annan: meðan Tóm, á annan veg DG8  Ǫnundr Dǫnum: ‘ꜹnvn[…]’ 325VII  at há: fara 61, Bb, hônum Flat, FskBˣ, á Tóm, ‘hætte’ DG8  her: herr 61, 325V, Flat, DG8; sœnskan: svænskan 73aˣ, DG8, senn skóg Tóm, ‘svænkan’ FskBˣ
Editions: Skj AI, 249, Skj BI, 233, Skald I, 121; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 350, IV, 142, ÍF 27, 270 (ÓHHkr ch. 145); ÓH 1941, I, 425 (ch. 135), Flat 1860-8, II, 276; Fsk 1902-3, 163 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 184 (ch. 32); ÓHLeg 1922, 60, ÓHLeg 1982, 142-3.
Context: See Context to st. 3 above.
Notes:  þurðu ‘rushed’: Some mss appear to have substituted þorðu ‘dared’ (from þora, a common word) for þurðu (from þyrja, a word used only in poetry). —  slétts ‘level’: A popular adj. to qualify place names in skaldic verse: see LP: sléttr. —  Silunds ‘Zealand’: The Danish island of Zealand (Dan. Sjælland). The usual ON form is (nom. sg.) Selund, as witnessed by several ms. readings here and elsewhere (see LP: Selund for references). However, Silund is evidently an acceptable variant, deployed here to form an aðalhending on kilir. The name also varies between f. and n. gender; here the gen. sg. ‑s implies n. gender. —  Ǫnundr: King of the Swedes c. 1021-c. 1050 in succession to his father, Óláfr Eiríksson, and brother-in-law of Óláfr Haraldsson. —  at há ‘at the oars’: Hár ‘rowlock, oarport’ is a m. i-stem noun with endingless dat. sg. Here it has pl. or collective meaning and possibly gives the broader sense of ‘by ship’ (cf. Jesch 2001a, 155-6).
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