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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 10I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Ynglingatal 10’ 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. 25.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniYnglingatal

text and translation

Fell Alrekr,
þars Eireki
bróður vôpn
at bana urðu.
Ok hnakkmars
með hǫfuðfetlum
Dags fríendr
of drepask kvôðu.
Fráat maðr áðr
eykja greiði
Freys afspring
í folk hafa.

Alrekr fell, þars vôpn bróður urðu Eireki at bana. Ok kvôðu {fríendr Dags} of drepask með hǫfuðfetlum hnakkmars. Maðr fráat áðr {afspring Freys} hafa greiði eykja í folk.
‘Alrekr fell where the weapons of his brother became the slayer of Eiríkr. And [people] said that the kinsmen of Dagr [= Swedish kings] killed one another with the bridle of the saddle-horse. No one has heard before of an offspring of Freyr [= Swedish king] using riding gear in battle.

notes and context

Alrekr and his brother Eiríkr, sons of Agni, are described as excellent riders who strive to outdo one another. One day the two are found dead from head wounds. Because they have no weapons other than their horses’ bridles, it is assumed that they killed each other with them.



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 11: AI, 9, BI, 9, Skald I, 6; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 37, IV, 11, ÍF 26, 40, Hkr 1991, I, 22 (Yng ch. 20), F 1871, 14; Yng 1912, 26, 60-1, Yng 2000, 27; Yt 1914, 6, Yt 1925, 200, 228-30.


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