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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 4I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Ynglingatal 4’ 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. 14.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniYnglingatal

text and translation

Ok Vísburs
vilja byrði
sævar niðr
svelgja knátti,
þás meinþjóf
markar ǫttu
setrs verjendr
á sinn fǫður.
Ok allvald
í arinkjóli
glóða garmr
glymjandi beit.

Ok {niðr sævar} knátti svelgja {byrði vilja} Vísburs, þás {verjendr setrs} ǫttu {meinþjóf markar} á fǫður sinn. Ok glymjandi garmr glóða beit allvald í {arinkjóli}.
‘And the kinsman of the sea [FIRE] swallowed the ship of the will [BREAST] of Vísburr when the defenders of the seat [RULERS] incited the harmful thief of the forest [FIRE] against their father. And the roaring dog of embers [fire] bit the sovereign within the hearth-ship [HOUSE].

notes and context

Vísburr, son of Vanlandi, leaves his first wife, the daughter of Auði inn auðgi ‘the Wealthy’. When petitioned by their young sons, he refuses to return her mundr ‘bride-price, bridal gift’, which comprises a precious neck-ring and three large estates. The youths curse the neck-ring and later, empowered by magic (seiðr), attack their father and burn him alive in his house.



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 4: AI, 8, BI, 7, Skald I, 4-5, NN §1010; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 30, IV, 6-7, ÍF 26, 31, Hkr 1991, I, 17 (Yng ch. 14), F 1871, 11; Yng 1912, 21, 58, Yng 2000, 19; Yt 1914, 2, Yt 1925, 198, 219.


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