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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 14II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 14’ 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. 126-7.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Fast bað fylking hrausta
friðvandr jǫfurr standa;
hamalt sýndisk mér hǫmlur
hildings vinir skilda.
Rammsyndan lauk rǫndum
ráðandi manndáða
nýtr fyr Nizi útan
naðr, svát hver tók aðra.

Friðvandr jǫfurr bað hrausta fylking standa fast; mér sýndisk vinir hildings skilda hǫmlur hamalt. {Nýtr ráðandi manndáða} lauk rammsyndan naðr rǫndum fyr útan Nizi, svát hver tók aðra.
‘The peace-concerned ruler ordered the valiant troop to stand firm; I witnessed [lit. it appeared to me that] the friends of the commander setting shields at the rowing-positions, in a wedge-shape. The excellent performer of manly deeds [RULER] enclosed the strong-swimming serpent with shields off the Nissan, so that each one abutted the next.

notes and context

The st. follows st. 13, with the comment that Haraldr’s ship was excellently equipped and manned. H-Hr adds that the king urged his men to stand firm behind their shields if the battle got under way.



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 13: AI, 371-2, BI, 342, Skald I, 172, NN §858; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 160, IV, 227-8, ÍF 28, 146-7, Hkr 1991, 654 (HSig ch. 61), F 1871, 227, E 1916, 74; Fms 6, 314 (HSig ch. 77), Fms 12, 155.


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