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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 31II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 31’ 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. 146-7.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Gera vas gisting byrjuð
gnóg, en ulf* ór skógi
sonr á sôr at spenja
Sigvorðar kom norðan.

Gnóg gisting vas byrjuð Gera, en {sonr Sigvorðar} kom norðan at spenja ulf* ór skógi á sôr.
‘Plentiful hospitality was initiated for Geri <wolf>, and the son of Sigurðr [= Haraldr] came from the north to entice the wolf from the forest onto the wounds.

notes and context

This begins a set of sts illustrating heiti for vargr ‘wolf’. The prose mentions kennings for ‘wolf’, then introduces Þjóðólfr’s st. to exemplify vargr itself; the citation is followed by a note that in it the wolf is also referred to as geri.



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 29: AI, 376, BI, 345, Skald I, 174; SnE 1848-87, I, 476-7, II, 349, 454, 538, 593, SnE 1931, 168, SnE 1998, I, 87, 400.


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