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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magnfl 15II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 15’ 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. 82-3.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr

text and translation

Náði jarl at eyða
jǫfra setr á vetri;
lézt eigi þú lítla
landvǫrn af þér standa.
Máttir, Magnús, hætta,
mildr, í folk und skildi;
nefa Knúts vas þá nýtum
nær sem ráðinn væri.

Jarl náði at eyða setr jǫfra á vetri; þú lézt eigi lítla landvǫrn standa af þér. Mildr Magnús, máttir hætta í folk und skildi; {nýtum nefa Knúts} vas þá nær sem ráðinn væri.
‘The jarl succeeded in clearing the seat of princes in the winter; you caused no meagre defence of territory to issue from you. Generous Magnús, you were able to venture into battle behind a shield; for the capable nephew of Knútr [= Sveinn] it was then almost as though he were destroyed.

notes and context

Sveinn Úlfsson flees to Fyn (Fjón), leaving Magnús to harry Sjælland (Selund, Zealand), then to meet up with him in the autumn.



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 19: AI, 366, BI, 336, Skald I, 170; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 60, IV, 199-200, ÍF 28, 54, Hkr 1991, 591 (Mgóð ch. 31), F 1871, 187, E 1916, 29; Fms 6, 81 (Mgóð ch. 38), Fms 12, 136.


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