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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 8II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 8’ 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. 120.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Ok hertoga hneykir
herfingnum lét stinga
— leyfð berk hans — ór hǫfði
haugs skundaði augu.

Ok {hneykir hertoga} lét stinga augu ór hǫfði {herfingnum skundaði haugs}; berk leyfð hans.
‘And the confounder of war-leaders [RULER] had the eyes stabbed out of the head of the war-captured impeller of the mound [GENEROUS RULER]; I proffer a eulogy of him [Haraldr].

notes and context

Within a discussion in Skm of heiti for rulers, the st. illustrates the point that hertogi ‘army leader’ can designate kings as well as jarls, since they lead armies into battle.

The st. seems to refer to the same incident as st. 7.



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 25: AI, 375, BI, 345, Skald I, 173, NN §488; SnE 1848-87, I, 514-15, II, 545, 604, SnE 1931, 180, SnE 1998, I, 100.


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