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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þfagr Sveinn 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson 5’ 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. 317.

Þorleikr fagriFlokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson

text and translation

Stýrir Ulfs til Elfar
óskmǫgr skipum fǫgrum,
sás hrækǫstu hæsta
hleðr í Gunnar veðri.
Skolla vé, þars vǫllu
vápnlauðri drífr rauðu,
(regn drepr Gauts í gǫgnum)
gullmerk*ð (Hôolfs serki).

{Óskmǫgr Ulfs}, sás hleðr hæsta hrækǫstu í {veðri Gunnar}, stýrir fǫgrum skipum til Elfar. Gullmerk*ð vé skolla, þars drífr vǫllu {rauðu vápnlauðri}; {regn Gauts} drepr í gǫgnum {serki Hôolfs}.
‘Úlfr’s beloved son [= Sveinn], who stacks the highest corpse-piles in the storm of Gunnr <valkyrie> [BATTLE], steers fair ships to the Götaälv. Gold-embroidered banners flutter where red weapon-foam [BLOOD] covers the fields; the rain of Gautr <= Óðinn> [ARROWS] hammers through Hálfr’s <legendary king’s> shirts [BYRNIES].

notes and context

As sts 2-4 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: Þórleikr fagri, En flokk om Sven Ulfssön 5: AI, 397-8, BI, 366, Skald I, 183; ÍF 29, 255 (ch. 55).


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