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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magnfl 7II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 7’ 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. 72-3.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr

text and translation

Hykk í hundraðs flokki
Haralds bróðurson stóðu
— hrafn vissi sér hvassast
hungrbann — framast manna.
Vítt lá Vinða flótti;
varð, þars Magnús barðisk,
hǫggvinn valr at hylja
heiði rastar breiða.

Hykk {bróðurson Haralds} stóðu framast manna í hundraðs flokki; hrafn vissi sér hvassast hungrbann. Flótti Vinða lá vítt; hǫggvinn valr varð at hylja rastar breiða heiði, þars Magnús barðisk.
‘I believe the brother’s son of Haraldr [= Magnús] stood foremost of the men in a force of a hundred; the raven knew there was the strictest ban on hunger. The Wends forced to flee lay far and wide; the felled slain came to cover the heath a league wide, where Magnús fought.

notes and context

The scene is still Lyrskovshede (Hlýrskógsheiðr) (see Context to st. 6). The enemy soon flee, and an immense number are slain. Flat attributes the st. to Sigvatr [Þórðarson].



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 7: AI, 362-3, BI, 333-4, Skald I, 168; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 49, IV, 195, ÍF 28, 44, Hkr 1991, 585 (Mgóð ch. 28), F 1871, 183, E 1916, 24-5; ÓH 1941, 630 (ch. 265); Fsk 1902-3, 211-12 (ch. 42), ÍF 29, 222 (ch. 50); Fms 6, 67 (Mgóð ch. 33), Fms 12, 133; Flat 1860-8, III, 281, Andersson and Gade 2000, 121, 469 (MH).


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