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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 20II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 20’ 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. 134-5.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Létu lystir sleitu
landkarlar gram varla
— gerði ǫld á jǫrðu
ódœmi — lǫg sœma.
En, því ráði þjóðar,
þeim brutu troll, es ollu,
hæls í hleypikjóla
hrís andskotum vísa.

Landkarlar lystir sleitu létu varla gram sœma lǫg; ǫld gerði ódœmi á jǫrðu. En troll brutu hrís í {hleypikjóla hæls} þeim andskotum vísa, es ollu því ráði þjóðar.
‘The landsmen, eager for strife, hardly allowed the king to honour the law; the people committed outrage in the land. But trolls broke brushwood in the speeding ships of the heel [SHOES] of those adversaries of the prince who directed that action of the people.

notes and context

Haraldr comes into conflict with the Upplendingar, who maintain that they have ancient privileges given them by Óláfr Haraldsson for their support of him at the battle of Nesjar. This was shortly before the battle at the Nissan (Niz) estuary according to Fsk, or the winter when Haraldr fought Hákon jarl Ívarsson according to H-Hr.

H-Hr cites this st. explicitly from drápu þeirri, er hann orti um Harald konúng ‘the drápa that he [Þjóðólfr] composed about King Haraldr’.



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 19: AI, 373, BI, 343-4, Skald I, 173, NN §§806, 1902; Fsk 1902-3, 276 (ch. 47), ÍF 29, 271-2 (ch. 57); Mork 1928-32, 188, Andersson and Gade 2000, 216, 477 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 351 (MH); Fms 6, 339 (HSig ch. 91), Fms 12, 159.


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