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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þfagr Sveinn 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson 7’ 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. 319.

Þorleikr fagriFlokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson

text and translation

Bauð, sás beztrar tíðar
borinn varð und miðgarði,
ríkri þjóð at rjóða
randir Sveinn á landi.
Þó lézk heldr, ef heldi
hvatráðr konungr láði,
á byrjar Val berjask
bilstyggr Haraldr vilja.

Sveinn, sás varð borinn beztrar tíðar und miðgarði, bauð ríkri þjóð at rjóða randir á landi. Þó lézk bilstyggr Haraldr heldr vilja berjask á {Val byrjar}, ef hvatráðr konungr heldi láði.
‘Sveinn, who was born at the luckiest time on earth, told the powerful people to redden shield-rims ashore. Yet hesitation-shy Haraldr said he preferred to fight on the Valr <horse> of fair wind [SHIP], if the quick-witted king withheld land [from him].

notes and context

On his way north after having laid waste to Hedeby, Haraldr encountered Sveinn. Sveinn dared Haraldr to fight him on land, but Haraldr refused and challenged Sveinn to a naval battle.

Mork and Flat attribute the st. to Þjóðólfr (Arnórsson; ÞjóðA).



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 7: AI, 398, BI, 367, Skald I, 183; Mork 1867, 57, Mork 1928-32, 165-6, Andersson and Gade 2000, 201, 476 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 341 (MH); Fms 6, 261 (HSig ch. 51); ÍF 29, 258 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 116 (HSig ch. 35), F 1871, 213-14, E 1916, 56-7.


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