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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magnfl 14II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 14’ 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. 81-2.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr

text and translation

Rǫmm vas hildr, sús Hramma
harðéls viðir bǫrðusk,
— herr gekk snart at snerru —
sunnudags of unnin.
Flaut, þás feigir létu
fjǫr gnýstafir hjǫrva,
— þjóð sǫkk niðr at nauðum —
nár á hverri bôru.

Rǫmm hildr vas of unnin sunnudags, sús {viðir {harðéls Hramma}} bǫrðusk; herr gekk snart at snerru. Nár flaut á hverri bôru, þás {feigir {hjǫrva gný}stafir} létu fjǫr; þjóð sǫkk niðr at nauðum.
‘A mighty battle was fought on a Sunday, which trees of the harsh storm of Hrammi <= Óðinn> [BATTLE > WARRIORS] waged; the army advanced keenly to the onslaught. A corpse floated on every wave, as the doomed staves of the din of swords [(lit. ‘din-staves of swords’) BATTLE > WARRIORS] gave up life; people sank down under duress.

notes and context

As with sts 8 onwards, this is set within the sea-battle of Århus (Áróss). It is separated from sts. 12-13 by the remark that the battle was fought on the Sunday before Christmas.



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 14: AI, 364-5, BI, 335, Skald I, 169, NN §§806, 1902; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 57, IV, 197, ÍF 28, 51, Hkr 1991, 589 (Mgóð ch. 30), F 1871, 186, E 1916, 28; Fms 6, 78-9 (Mgóð ch. 38), Fms 12, 134.


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