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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 4II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 4’ 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. 116.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Lét, þás lypt vas spjótum,
liðs hǫfðingi kviðjat,
enn, þeirs undan runnu,
ulfs grôð, friðar bôðu.
Hann hefr fyr sæ sunnan
— svá finnask til minni —
opt með oddi keyptan
auð, þars leitt vas blauðum.

Hǫfðingi liðs lét kviðjat grôð ulfs, þás spjótum vas lypt, enn, þeirs runnu undan, bôðu friðar. Hann hefr opt keyptan auð með oddi fyr sæ sunnan, þars leitt vas blauðum; svá finnask minni til.
‘The commander of the host put a ban on the wolf’s hunger, as spears were raised up, and those who ran away begged for a truce. He has often purchased riches with his spear-point, south of the sea, where it was unpleasant for cowards; memorials of this are to be found.

notes and context

Haraldr (under his alias Norðbrikt) and his troops bring a rich Sicilian town to its knees through force of arms and cunning use of birds loaded with burning sulphur to set it on fire.

Flat introduces the st., Suo segir þor. skalld. ‘As the poet Þór… says’.



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 4: AI, 370, BI, 340, Skald I, 171; Mork 1928-32, 72, Andersson and Gade 2000, 141, 472 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 299 (MH); Fms 6, 154 (HSig ch. 9), Fms 12, 142.


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