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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 18II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 18’ 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. 131-3.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Sveinn át sigr at launa
sex þeim, es hvǫt vexa,
innan eina gunni,
ǫrleiks, Dana jǫrlum.
Varð, sás vildit forða,
vígbjartr, snǫru hjarta,
í fylkingu fenginn
Fiðr Árnasonr miðri.

Sveinn át at launa þeim sex jǫrlum Dana sigr innan eina gunni, es hvǫt ǫrleiks vexa. Fiðr Árnasonr, sás vildit forða snǫru hjarta, varð vígbjartr fenginn í miðri fylkingu.
‘Sveinn does not have to reward those six jarls of the Danes for victory in one battle, in whom the incitement of munificence does not swell. Finnr Árnason, who did not want to save his valiant heart, was, battle-bright, captured in the midst of the troop.

notes and context

The Norwegians (Haraldr in person, Hkr and H-Hr) pursue the fugitives on the Dan. side, but Finnr Árnason, who has fought for Sveinn, refuses to flee and is captured. Except in Hkr, the st. is introduced with the comment that Sveinn had six jarls with him in the battle. Fsk, Mork and Flat follow it with a spirited dialogue in which a defiant Finnr greets offers of his life with bravado and obscenity, but is nevertheless granted it.



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 17: AI, 373, BI, 343, Skald I, 173, NN §§806, 861; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 165, IV, 230-1, ÍF 28, 151-2, Hkr 1991, 658 (HSig ch. 63), F 1871, 230, E 1916, 76; Fsk 1902-3, 271-2 (ch. 47), ÍF 29, 268-9 (ch. 57); Mork 1928-32, 213, Andersson and Gade 2000, 231, 478 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 364 (MH); Fms 6, 320 (HSig ch. 78), Fms 12, 157.


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