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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnH Lv 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sneglu-Halli, Lausavísur 10’ 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. 330-1.


Þú est makligust miklu
— munar stórum þat, Þóra, —
flenna upp af enni
allt leðr Haralds reðri.

Þóra, þú est miklu makligust—þat munar stórum—flenna allt leðr reðri Haralds upp af enni.

Þóra, you are by far the most deserving—there is a great difference—to pull all the skin of Haraldr’s prick up from the head.

Mss: Flat(208rb) (Flat); 563aˣ(20)

Readings: [1] makligust: maklig 563aˣ;    miklu: mikils 563aˣ    [2] þat: verðug dróttning 563aˣ    [3] flenna: at flenna 563aˣ;    upp: ‘Sijvallt upp’ 563aˣ;    af: at 563aˣ    [4] leðr: leðr á 563aˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 390, Skj BI, 360, Skald I, 180, NN §§2527, 2989D; ÍF 9, 294 (Snegl ch. 10), Flat 1860-8, III, 427 (Snegl).

Context: King Haraldr tells Halli to compose some indelicate ll. to his concubine, Þóra Þorbergsdóttir, to see how much strong language she can handle.

Notes: [2] þat munar stórum ‘there is a great difference’: Lit. ‘that is a difference by much’. — [3] upp af enni ‘up from the head’: Upp at enni ‘up to the head’ (so 563aˣ) is also a possible reading.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  5. ÍF 9 = Eyfirðinga sǫgur. Ed. Jónas Kristjánsson. 1956.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite (SneglII)

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