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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þfagr Sveinn 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson 8’ 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. 320.

Þorleikr fagriFlokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson

text and translation

Allt of frák, hvé elti
austmenn á veg flausta
Sveinn, þás siklingr annarr,
snarlundaðr, helt undan.
Fengr varð Þrœnda þengils
— þeir léttu skip fleiri —
allr á éli sollnu
Jótlandshafi fljóta.

Allt of frák, hvé snarlundaðr Sveinn elti austmenn á {veg flausta}, þás annarr siklingr helt undan. Allr fengr {þengils Þrœnda} varð fljóta á éli sollnu Jótlandshafi; þeir léttu fleiri skip.
‘I heard it all, how quick-tempered Sveinn pursued the Norwegians on the path of ships [SEA], when the other prince steered away. All the loot of the lord of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] had to float on the hail-swollen Kattegat; they emptied more ships [of their cargo].

notes and context

Haraldr sailed from Denmark to Norway with Sveinn Úlfsson in hot pursuit. Sveinn gained on Haraldr, and Haraldr threw spoils and captives overboard. When the Danes stopped to retrieve the booty, Haraldr got away.

For this ruse, see Note to Grani Har 1/2.



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 8: AI, 398, BI, 367, Skald I, 183; Mork 1867, 59, Mork 1928-32, 168, Andersson and Gade 2000, 203, 476 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 342 (MH); Fms 6, 264 (HSig ch. 52); ÍF 29, 260 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 117-18 (HSig ch. 35), F 1871, 214, E 1916, 57-8.


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