Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson 2’ 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. 314-15.
 Vôn: Vann Flat
 erumk: ‘ę. med’ Flat, erumsk H, er at Kˣ, 39, F, J2ˣ
 kœnum: ‘kæn[…]’ H, kœnan Kˣ, 39, F, J2ˣ, raunar E
 vígs á Rakna: ‘[…]aka’ H; Rakna: ‘raka’ Hr
 stígu: stígum E
 stígu (m. acc. pl.) ‘paths’: Because there is no overt motion involved, we should have expected the prep. á ‘on’ to take the dat. here. Skj B and Skald accordingly adopt the E variant stígum (m. dat. pl.) ‘paths’. However, all other mss have the acc., and it is possible that a verb of motion is implied (‘as he sets off to sea’: cf. st. 3/3 below).
 snerru: snertu Kˣ, 39, F, J2ˣ
 Þó: þá Flat, 39, F, því FskBˣ, þar FskAˣ, Kˣ, J2ˣ
 má enn: ‘er annar’ Flat
 enn ‘again’: Skj B takes this adv. with nemr (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘deprives’ (l. 6) and translates it as ‘eventually’ (hvem der endelig berøver den anden liv eller rige ‘which one will eventually deprive the other of life or lands’). However, enn is not attested in that meaning (see Fritzner: enn; LP: enn).
 annan: annar Hr
 ǫndu: ‘[…]do’ H, 39, ‘endu’ Hr
 nemr: so Flat, H, FskBˣ, FskAˣ, Kˣ, 39, F, E, J2ˣ, ‘nemþr’ Mork, nærr Hr
 sjaldfestar ‘shaky’: Lit. ‘seldom-firm’. Hap. leg.
 goð: grið FskAˣ
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I believe there is an expectation of battle for the wise ruler on Rakni’s <sea-king’s> paths [SEA], [and that] the brave one will meet the host of Innþrœndir in the onslaught of spear-points [BATTLE]. Yet God can decide again which one will deprive the other of life or lands; Sveinn cares little for shaky agreements.
Sveinn Úlfsson sent envoys to Haraldr harðráði of Norway challenging him to a battle by the Götaälv in Sweden. The one who won the battle would have the right to rule Norway and Denmark. Fsk gives sts 2-5 without intervening prose.
[1-4]: The Hkr text of the first helmingr is syntactically simpler: vns, at ǫrt lið Innþrœnda finni vísa, kœnan vígs, í snertu odda á stígu Rakna ‘it is to be expected that the brave host of Innþrœndir will meet the ruler, wise in battle, in the onslaught of spear-points on Rakni’s paths’. The Hkr version has been adopted in Skj B, Skald and ÍF 28.
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