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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Haustl 8III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Haustlǫng 8’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 443.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniHaustlǫng

text and translation

Fló með fróðgum tívi
fangsæll of veg langan
sveita nagr, svát slitna
sundr ulfs faðir mundi.
Þá varð Þórs of rúni
— þungr* vas Loptr of sprunginn —
môlunaut*, hvats mátti,
Miðjungs friðar biðja.

{Nagr sveita} fló fangsæll of langan veg með fróðgum tívi, svát {faðir ulfs} mundi slitna sundr. Þá varð {of rúni Þórs} biðja {môlunaut* Miðjungs} friðar, hvats mátti; þungr* Loptr vas of sprunginn.
‘The bird of blood [RAVEN/EAGLE = Þjazi] flew happy in its catch over a long distance with the wise god, so that the father of the wolf [= Loki] was about to be torn apart. Then the confidant of Þórr [= Loki] had to beg the speech-companion of Miðjungr <giant> [GIANT = Þjazi] for quarter, as hard as he could; heavy Loptr <= Loki> was shattered.

notes and context

As for st. 1.

The prose narrative tells (SnE 1998, I, 1) that the eagle flew at a height that caused Loki’s feet to bang against stones, gravel and trees and he felt his arms were being wrenched from his shoulders. At that point, he asked for quarter.



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: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski, 2. Haustlǫng 8: AI, 17-18, BI, 15-16, Skald I, 10, NN §§1884A anm., 2504, 3038; SnE 1848-87, I, 310-13, III, 44, SnE 1931, 112, SnE 1998, I, 32.


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