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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 13II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 13’ 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. 125.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Lét vingjafa veitir
varghollr dreka skolla
lystr fyr leiðangrs brjósti
— liðs oddr vas þat — miðju.

{Lystr, varghollr veitir vingjafa} lét dreka skolla fyr miðju brjósti leiðangrs; þat vas oddr liðs.
‘The eager, wolf-gracious bestower of friendly gifts [GENEROUS RULER] made the dragon-ship rock at the middle of the forefront of the expeditionary fleet; that was the spearhead of the host.

notes and context

In Hkr, HÍ and H-Hr, Haraldr dismisses part of his force since Sveinn Úlfsson has not appeared for the agreed battle at the Götaälv (Elfr), but then Sveinn and the Danes appear with three hundred ships. Haraldr quells all talk of flight and draws up his forces, with the great dragon-ship at the centre of the leading ships.

The battle of the Nissan (Niz) is also commemorated in ÞjóðA Har 1-7, Arn Hardr 2-4, Stúfr Stúfdr 7, Steinn Nizv and Steinn Úlffl, and well as in sts 14-18 below.



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, 3. Sexstefja 12: AI, 371, BI, 342, Skald I, 172; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 160, IV, 227, ÍF 28, 146, Hkr 1991, 654 (HSig ch. 61), F 1871, 227; Fms 6, 314 (HSig ch. 77), Fms 12, 155; 1952, 27.


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