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Þjóð Yt 1I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Ynglingatal 1’ 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. 9.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniYnglingatal

text and translation

Varð framgengt,
þars Fróði bjó,
es at Fjǫlni kom.
Ok sikling
svigðis geira
vágr vindlauss
of viða skyldi.

Feigðarorð, es kom at Fjǫlni, varð framgengt, þars Fróði bjó. Ok {vindlauss vágr {geira svigðis}} skyldi of viða sikling.
‘The word of doom that fell upon Fjǫlnir was fulfilled where Fróði lived. And the windless wave of the spears of the bull [HORNS > BEER] was to destroy the prince.

notes and context

Yng relates the death of the Swedish king Fjǫlnir, son of Yngvifreyr, who, drowsy and drunk after a feast at the court of the Danish king Fróði in Hleiðra (Lejre), falls through a hole in the upper floor down into a barrel of ale and drowns.

[5-8]: The motif of drowning in beer or mead has parallels in Scandinavia (e.g. Saxo 2005, I, 1, 8, 27, p. 134) and more widely across Europe.



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, 1. Ynglingatal 1: AI, 7, BI, 7, Skald I, 4, NN §§1780-1; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 25, IV, 3-4, ÍF 26, 26, Hkr 1991, I, 15 (Yng ch. 11), F 1871, 9; Yng 1912, 19, 55-7, Yng 2000, 14-15; Yt 1914, 1, Yt 1925, 198, 212‑16.


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