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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 5II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 5’ 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. 117.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Sás við lund á landi
Langbarða réð ganga.

Sás réð ganga við lund á landi Langbarða.
‘He who advanced [lit. did advance] with purpose onto the land of the Langobards.

notes and context

Leaving King Jaroslav (Jarizleifr) after a successful stay with him in north-west Russia (Garðar), the young Haraldr and his troop go to Saxland, Frakkland and then Langbarðaland (the territories of Saxons, Franks and Langobards).

As an isolated couplet, this could be syntactically either a single, complete cl., or incomplete (see Kock, NN §844 for other couplets which Finnur Jónsson in Skj B cautiously assumes to be incomplete while Kock believes them to be interpretable).


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 5: AI, 370, BI, 340, Skald I, 171, NN §§856, 3396P; Fms 6, 134 (HSig ch. 3), Fms 12, 141.


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