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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þfagr Sveinn 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson 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, p. 322.

Þorleikr fagriFlokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson

text and translation

Hætt hafa sér, þeirs sóttu
Sveins fundar til, stundum;
lítt hefr þeim at þreyta
þrimr bragningum hagnat.
Þó hefr hauldvinr haldit
— hanns snjallr konungr — allri
Jóta grund með endum
ógnstarkr ok Danmǫrku.

Hafa stundum hætt sér, þeirs sóttu til fundar Sveins; þeim þrimr bragningum hefr lítt hagnat at þreyta. Þó hefr {hauldvinr} haldit, ógnstarkr, allri grund Jóta með endum ok Danmǫrku; hanns snjallr konungr.
‘They have frequently put themselves at risk, those who sought an encounter with Sveinn; for those three lords little has been gained by their striving. Yet the friend of freeholders [KING] has held, battle-strong, all the land of the Jótar from border to border and Denmark, too; he is a clever king.

notes and context

Knýtl enumerates Sveinn Úlfsson’s former enemies and describes their unsuccessful attempts to dislodge him from the Dan. throne.



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: Þórleikr fagri, En flokk om Sven Ulfssön 10: AI, 399, BI, 367-8, Skald I, 183-4; 1741, 40-3, ÍF 35, 134 (ch. 22).


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