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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 9I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Ynglingatal 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. 22.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniYnglingatal

text and translation

Þat telk undr,
ef Agna her
Skjalfar rôð
at skǫpum þóttu,
þás gœðing
með gollmeni
Loga dís
at lopti hóf,
hinns við †tꜹr†
temja skyldi
svalan hest
Signýjar vers.

Þat telk undr, ef rôð Skjalfar þóttu her Agna at skǫpum, þás {dís Loga} hóf gœðing at lopti með gollmeni, hinns skyldi temja {svalan hest {vers Signýjar}} við †tꜹr†.
‘I call it a wonder if Skjǫlf’s plans seemed to the liking of Agni’s troop when the sister of Logi [= Skjǫlf] heaved the prince aloft with the gold neck-ring, the one who had to tame the cool horse of the lover of Signý [= Hagbarðr > GALLOWS] near …

notes and context

King Agni, son of Dagr, conquers Finnland (the land of the Saami). King Frosti (‘Frost’) falls in battle, and Agni takes his daughter Skjálf and son Logi captive. On the return journey the king overnights in Stokksund and lies in his tent after a great feast. Skjálf has persuaded him to protect his gold neck-ring, a precious inheritance, by wearing it even when he sleeps. Skjálf and her men fasten a rope to this gold neck-ring and hang the king from a tree behind his tent. The king’s body is cremated in Stokksund at a place afterwards called Agnafit (see ÍF 26, 38 n. on the uncertain location of these).



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 10: AI, 9, BI, 9, Skald I, 5, NN §1012; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 36, IV, 10-11, ÍF 26, 38-9, Hkr 1991, I, 21-2 (Yng ch. 19), F 1871, 14; Yng 1912, 25, 60, Yng 2000, 26; Yt 1914, 5, Yt 1925, 200, 225-8.


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