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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magnfl 12II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 12’ 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. 78-80.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr

text and translation

Vǫrðr gekk meir at morði
Magnús kjalar vagna
— þat vas frægt — í fagran
framstafn varar Hrafni.
Gerðum þar, svát þverrði,
þengill, en óx fengi,
— skeiðr nam herr at hrjóða —
húskarla lið jarli.

{Vǫrðr {vagna kjalar}}, Magnús, gekk meir at morði í fagran framstafn {Hrafni varar}; þat vas frægt. Gerðum þar, þengill, svát lið húskarla þverrði jarli, en fengi óx; herr nam at hrjóða skeiðr.
‘The guardian of waggons of the keel [SHIPS > SEAFARER], Magnús, went further into the slaughter in the beautiful forestem of the Hrafn <horse> of the landing-stage [SHIP]; that was renowned. We brought it about there, prince, that the jarl’s troop of housecarls reduced, and booty increased; the army started to clear the warships.

notes and context

Still within the battle of Århus (Áróss), Magnús and his company board Sveinn’s ship; Sveinn flees, with many of his men, while others fall or accept safe conduct.

This st. and the following helmingr are lacking from the narrative in H. — [8]: The l. is identical with Hharð Lv 6/8.



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 12: AI, 364, BI, 335, Skald I, 169, NN §§1187, 1855; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 56, IV, 196-7, ÍF 28, 50, Hkr 1991, 589 (Mgóð ch. 30), F 1871, 186, E 1916, 27-8; Fms 6, 78 n. (Mgóð ch. 38), Fms 12, 134.


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