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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 19I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Ynglingatal 19’ 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. 42.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniYnglingatal

text and translation

Varð Ǫnundr
Jónakrs bura
harmi heptr
und Himinfjǫllum.
Ok ofvæg
Eistra dolgi
heipt hrísungs
at hendi kom.
Ok sá frǫmuðr
foldar beinum
Hǫgna *reyrs
of horfinn vas.

Ǫnundr varð heptr {harmi bura Jónakrs} und Himinfjǫllum. Ok {ofvæg heipt hrísungs} kom at hendi {dolgi Eistra}. Ok {sá frǫmuðr {*reyrs Hǫgna}} vas of horfinn {beinum foldar}.
‘Ǫnundr was killed by the pain of the sons of Jónakr [STONES] beneath Himinfjǫll. And the crushing hatred of the bastard [STONES] came upon the enemy of the Estonians [= Ǫnundr]. And that wielder of the reed of Hǫgni <legendary hero> [SWORD > WARRIOR] was surrounded by the bones of the earth [STONES].

notes and context

Ǫnundr, son of Yngvarr, is nicknamed Braut-Ǫnundr ‘Road-Ǫnundr’, having built numerous roads through the desolate forested parts of Sweden. He and his men are crushed in a landslide on Himinheiðr.



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 26: AI, 12-13, BI, 11-12, Skald I, 7-8, NN §77; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 64, IV, 19-20, ÍF 26, 64-5, Hkr 1991, I, 37 (Yng ch. 35), F 1871, 24-5; Yng 1912, 41, 66-7, Yng 2000, 52; Yt 1914, 12-13, Yt 1925, 206, 241-2.


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