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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magnfl 9II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 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, pp. 74-5.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr

text and translation

Skotit frák skeptiflettum
skjótt ok mǫrgu spjóti,
— brôð fekk hrafn — þars hôðum
hjaldr, á breiða skjǫldu.
Neyttu mest sem môttu
menn at vápna sennu,
baugs en barðir lôgu
bǫrvar, grjóts ok ǫrva.

Frák skeptiflettum ok mǫrgu spjóti skotit skjótt á breiða skjǫldu, þars hôðum hjaldr; hrafn fekk brôð. Menn neyttu, sem môttu mest, grjóts ok ǫrva {at sennu vápna}, en {bǫrvar baugs} lôgu barðir.
‘I have learned that shafted javelins and many a spear were shot swiftly onto broad shields, where we joined battle; the raven got meat. Men made the best use they could of stones and arrows in the slander-match of weapons [BATTLE], and trees of the ring [MEN] lay beaten down.

notes and context

In the battle of Århus (Áróss), only the men in the stems (prow and stern) can fight by contact, while those further aft use axes, spears, stones and (from aft of the sail) arrows.



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 9: AI, 363, BI, 334, Skald I, 169; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 54, IV, 196, ÍF 28, 48-9, Hkr 1991, 588 (Mgóð ch. 30), F 1871, 185, E 1916, 27; Fms 6, 77 (Mgóð ch. 38), Fms 12, 134.


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