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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 24I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Ynglingatal 24’ 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. 52.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniYnglingatal

text and translation

Ok til þings
þriðja jǫfri
Hveðrungs mær
ór heimi bauð,
þás Halfdanr,
sás Holtum bjó,
norna dóms
of notit hafði.
Ok buðlung
á Borrói
síðan fôlu.

Ok {mær Hveðrungs} bauð þriðja jǫfri ór heimi til þings, þás Halfdanr, sás bjó Holtum, hafði of notit dóms norna. Ok sigrhafendr fôlu buðlung síðan á Borrói.
‘And the maiden of Hveðrungr <= Loki> [= Hel] invited a third ruler out of the world to a meeting when Hálfdan, who lived in Holtan, had used up the allotment of the norns. And afterwards the victorious ones buried the ruler in Borre.

notes and context

Hálfdan, son of Eysteinn, bore the nicknames inn mildi ‘the Generous’ and inn matarilli ‘the Food-stingy’ because, while he rewarded his men richly with gold coins, he was mean with food. His primary seat was Holtar in Vestfold, where, after a life as a great warrior, he died of illness. He is buried in Borró (Borre).



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 32: AI, 14, BI, 13, Skald I, 8-9, FF §53; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 80, IV, 24-5, ÍF 26, 79, Hkr 1991, I, 46 (Yng ch. 47), F 1871, 31; Yng 1912, 51, 68-9, Yng 2000, 66-7; Yt 1914, 16, Yt 1925, 208-9, 249-50.


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