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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 32II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 32’ 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. 147.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Hár skyli hirðar stjóri
hugreifr sonum leifa
arf ok óðaltorfu
— ósk mín es þat — sína.

{Hár, hugreifr stjóri hirðar} skyli leifa sonum arf ok óðaltorfu sína; þat es ósk mín.
‘The tall, mind-cheerful commander of the retinue [RULER] shall leave his sons his legacy and hereditary turf; that is my wish.

notes and context

A sequence of kennings correctly applicable to kings is listed, among them hirðstjóri ‘retinue-commander’, followed by a sequence of illustrations from poetry, of which this is the third.



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 35: AI, 377, BI, 346, Skald I, 174; SnE 1848-87, I, 452-5, II, 335, SnE 1931, 160, SnE 1998, I, 79, 203.


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