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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magn 9II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi 9’ 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, p. 97.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonStanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi

text and translation

Bauð Ôleifs sonr áðan
upp á land at standa;
gekk með manndýrð mikla
Magnús reiðr af skeiðum.
Snarr bað hilmir herja
— hérs skark — í Danmǫrku;
fleygir hvasst of hauga
hestr of Skáney vestan.

{Sonr Ôleifs} bauð áðan at standa upp á land; Magnús gekk reiðr með mikla manndýrð af skeiðum. Snarr hilmir bað herja í Danmǫrku; hérs skark; hestr fleygir hvasst of hauga vestan of Skáney.
‘Óláfr’s son [= Magnús] previously gave the order to advance onto the land; Magnús strode, angry, with great splendour from the ships. The bold ruler bade [them] go ravaging in Denmark; there is tumult here; the horse charges swiftly across the hills, from the west across Skåne.

notes and context

Magnús and company pursue Sveinn and his surviving troops far up into Skåne (Skáney), with little resistance from Sveinn’s men or the local farmers.



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 24: AI, 367, BI, 337-8, Skald I, 170, NN §855; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 65, IV, 203-4, ÍF 28, 59, Hkr 1991, 595 (Mgóð ch. 33), F 1871, 189, E 1916, 30; Fms 6, 86-7 (Mgóð ch. 40), Fms 12, 138.


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