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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Knútdr 6I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Knútsdrápa 6’ 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. 657.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonKnútsdrápa

text and translation

Gôtut dróttnar
Danmǫrk spanit
und sik sǫkum
snarir herfarar.
Þá lét skarpla
Skáney Dana
hlǫðr herjaða.
Hǫfuðfremstr jǫfurr.

Snarir dróttnar gôtut spanit Danmǫrk und sik sǫkum herfarar. Þá lét {hlǫðr Dana} Skáney herjaða skarpla. … Hǫfuðfremstr jǫfurr.
‘The bold lords could not get Denmark lured under them because of warfare. Then the feller of the Danes [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] had Skåne ravaged fiercely. …The most eminent prince.

notes and context

In ÓH-Hkr, the stanza follows sts 7-8, with a chapter in between and an account of Óláfr and Ǫnundr ravaging Skáni (Skåne). In Fsk and ÓHLeg, it concludes the sequence beginning with st. 3.

[8]: The line completes the klofastef ‘split refrain’; see Note to st. 3/1 above.



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: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 10. Knútsdrápa 6: AI, 249-50, BI, 233, Skald I, 121; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 360, IV, 145, ÍF 27, 277-8 (ÓHHkr ch. 149); ÓH 1941, I, 433 (ch. 139), Flat 1860-8, II, 279; Fsk 1902-3, 163-4 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 185 (ch. 32); ÓHLeg 1922, 60, ÓHLeg 1982, 144-5.


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