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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magn 3II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi 3’ 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. 90-1.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonStanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi

text and translation

Gær sák grjóti stóru
— gein hauss fyrir — steini
— fóra fylking þeira
fast — harðliga kastat.
Ofan keyrðum vér — orðum
jǫrð muna Sveinn of varða —
(staðar hefr stafn í miðju)
strandhǫgg (numit landi).

Gær sák stóru grjóti, steini, kastat harðliga; hauss gein fyrir; fylking þeira fóra fast. Vér keyrðum strandhǫgg ofan; Sveinn muna of varða jǫrð orðum; stafn hefr numit staðar í miðju landi.
‘Yesterday I saw massive stones, rock, hurled mightily; a skull gaped in their path; their troop did not advance strongly. We herded cattle for slaughter down to the shore; Sveinn will not defend the land with words [alone]; the prow has anchored midway along the coast.

notes and context

(Cf. previous two Contexts.) Sveinn Úlfsson flees with a remnant of his following to Sjælland (Selund, Zealand). Magnús Óláfsson’s men go ashore there and the next morning slaughter cattle on the beach.



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, 4. Lausavísur 1: AI, 377, BI, 347, Skald I, 174, NN §§1139, 1853C; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 58, IV, 198, ÍF 28, 52, Hkr 1991, 590 (Mgóð ch. 30), F 1871, 187, E 1916, 28; Fms 6, 79-80 (Mgóð ch. 38), Fms 12, 135.


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