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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 22II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 22’ 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. 136-7.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Gagn brann greypra þegna;
glóð varð fǫst í tróði;
laust hertoga hristir
Heina illum steini.
Lífs bôðu sér lýðir;
logi þingaði Hringum
nauðgan dóm, áðr næmisk
niðrfall Hôolfs galla.

Gagn greypra þegna brann; glóð varð fǫst í tróði; {hristir hertoga} laust Heina illum steini. Lýðir bôðu sér lífs; logi þingaði Hringum nauðgan dóm, áðr niðrfall {galla Hôolfs} næmisk.
‘The assets of bold retainers burned up; embers were lodged in the thatch; the shaker of war-leaders [RULER] struck the Heinir with a dire stone. The people begged for their lives; fire pronounced on the Hringar an enforced verdict, before the cessation of the destruction of Hálfr <legendary king> [FIRE] took place.

notes and context

Following st. 20, Haraldr continues his punitive ravaging of Opplandene (Upplǫnd). In Hkr and H-Hr, Haraldr harries Hedmark (Heiðmǫrk), Hadeland (Haðaland) and Ringerike (Hringaríki). In Fsk, Mork and Flat, he proceeds to Ringerike, where he burns settlements. Þjóðolfr’s reference to the people’s submission to Haraldr is noted.

In Mork and Flat, st. 22/5-8 forms the first half of a st. with 11/5-8. Mork has ll. 5-6 in main text, and 7-8 in the upper margin in the same hand.



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.

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