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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Gldr 9I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Glymdrápa 9’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 90.

Þorbjǫrn hornklofiGlymdrápa

text and translation

Kømrat yðr né œðri
annarr konungmanna
gjǫfli rœmðr und gamlan
gnapstól, Haraldr, sólar.

Kømrat annarr konungmanna, rœmðr gjǫfli, né œðri yðr, Haraldr, und {gamlan gnapstól sólar}.
‘No other man of royal descent will come, renowned for generosity, nor more excellent than you, Haraldr, under the old jutting seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN].

notes and context

In HarHárf in Flat these four lines comprise the first helmingr of a stanza of which the second helmingr is ll. 1-4 of st. 5. The stanza appears following st. 3; see Context to st. 3.

The content of the stanza, praise addressed directly to the king, differs from that of other stanzas of Gldr. It may be the stef ‘refrain’ of the drápa (Vogt 1930a, 172; Engster 1983, 204; Naumann 1998, 239), or it may be a grand finale as in Skj, Skald and this edn (on this see Holtsmark 1927, 53). Fidjestøl (1982, 191) also considers whether the stanza might properly appear at the beginning and offers Arn Hryn 3II for comparison. This is unlikely, however, because the stanza lacks the typical motifs of introductory stanzas, such as a call for a hearing or an announcement of a poem.



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: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi, 1. Glymdrápa 9: AI, 24, BI, 21, Skald I, 13, NN §§1022, 1575; Fms 10, 187, Fms 12, 225, Flat 1860-8, I, 572 (HarHárf).


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