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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 24II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 24’ 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. 138.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Áræðis naut eyðir
aldyggr Selundbyggva;
hugr ræðr hǫlfum sigri
— Haraldr sannar þat — manna.

{Aldyggr eyðir Selundbyggva} naut áræðis; hugr manna ræðr hǫlfum sigri; Haraldr sannar þat.
‘The most excellent destroyer of Sjælland-dwellers [= Haraldr] deployed his valour; men’s courage determines half the victory; Haraldr is the proof of that.

notes and context

In an epitaph to Haraldr, his sagacity and valour are praised. He was also sigrsæll ‘blessed with victory’.



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 23: AI, 374, BI, 344, Skald I, 173; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 219, IV, 241, ÍF 28, 198, Hkr 1991, 690 (HSig ch. 99), F 1871, 252, E 196, 101-2; Fms 6, 429 (HSig ch. 124), Fms 12, 168.


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