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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Har 1II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Stanzas about Haraldr Sigurðarson’s leiðangr 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, pp. 150-1.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonStanzas about Haraldr Sigurðarson’s leiðangr

text and translation

Skeið sák framm at flœði,
fagrt sprund, ór ô hrundit;
kennd, hvar liggr fyr landi
lǫng súð dreka ins prúða.
Orms glóa fǫx of farmi
frôn, sízt ýtt vas hônum
— bôru búnir svírar
brunnit goll — af hlunni.

Sák skeið, fagrt sprund, hrundit ór ô framm at flœði; kennd, hvar lǫng súð ins prúða dreka liggr fyr landi. Frôn fǫx orms glóa of farmi, sízt ýtt vas hônum af hlunni; búnir svírar bôru brunnit goll.
‘I saw the warship, beautiful lady, propelled out of the river onto the ocean; look where the long side-planking of the splendid dragon-ship lies offshore. The gleaming manes of the serpent [dragon-ship] shine out above the cargo, since it was launched from the rollers; the decorated necks bore burnished gold.

notes and context

In Hkr and H-Hr, Haraldr Sigurðarson builds a new dragon-ship and challenges Sveinn Úlfsson to a battle at the Götaälv (Elfr) to determine who shall rule both of Norway and Denmark. He has the ship launched on Nidelven (the river Nið) and the dragon-heads put in place. has a long lacuna followed by a passage including the building of the much-admired ship.

On the introductory words to the st. and their possible significance, see Introduction. — [8]: In the 570a text, l. 8 has evidently been replaced by the last l. of Arn Magndr 2.



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 18: AI, 381, BI, 351, Skald I, 176, NN §3087; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 156, IV, 224, ÍF 28, 141-2, Hkr 1991, 651 (HSig ch. 60), F 1871, 226, E 1916, 72; 1952, 24; Fms 6, 308 (HSig ch. 76), Fms 12, 153-4. 


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