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ÞjóðA Magnfl 1II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 64-5.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr
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text and translation

Vast, Ôleifs sonr, austan
eflðr á vatn it skeflða.

{Sonr Ôleifs}, vast eflðr austan á it skeflða vatn.
 
‘Óláfr’s son [= Magnús], you were powerfully launched from the east onto the heaped water.

notes and context

The couplet is cited in W to illustrate fornǫfn ‘substitutions’ or viðkenningar ‘circumlocutions’ (see Faulkes 1987, 152) in which an individual is referred to in relation to his family, by being called father, grandfather, son or brother of a named person. Magnús Óláfsson included the couplet in LaufE, copying it from W both in its original context and in a set of skaldic citations illustrating terms for the sea, here vatnið skeflða ‘heaped water’ (LaufE 1979, 368).

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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: Þjóðolfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnúsflokkr 1: AI, 361, BI, 332, Skald I, 168; SnE 1848-87, II, 496, LaufE 1979, 368, 389.

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