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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Lv 1II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Lausavísur 1’ 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. 165.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonLausavísur


{Two launchers {of the meadow {of the offspring of Fáfnir}}} [snake > gold > generous men] I let fall there to the ground, {linden tree {of the bright beacon {of the land of Leifnir ‹sea-king›}}} [sea > gold > woman]. Before

text and translation

Leiða langar dauða
limar illa mik stillis;
bôrut menn inn mæra
Magnús í grǫf fúsir.

Langar limar dauða stillis leiða mik illa; menn bôrut inn mæra Magnús fúsir í grǫf.
‘The long branches of the death of the ruler affect me grievously; men did not carry the glorious Magnús gladly [lit. glad] into the grave.

notes and context

Among excerpts in TGT illustrating various types of solecism, this is cited to show tíðaskipti ‘change of tense’, presumably pres. tense leiða alongside pret. brut (so TGT 1927, 53 n.), though the pres. tense is justified by its continuing relevance.

A similar display of grief at Magnús’s death is depicted in Okík Magn 2-3 and Anon (MH).



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 10: AI, 379, BI, 349, Skald I, 175; SnE 1848-87, II, 118-19, 411, TGT 1884, 18, 77, 187-8, TGT 1927, 53, 97, TGT 1998, 138-9.


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