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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Har 2II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Stanzas about Haraldr Sigurðarson’s leiðangr 2’ 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. 151-2.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonStanzas about Haraldr Sigurðarson’s leiðangr

text and translation

Slyngr laugardag lǫngu
lið-Baldr af sér tjaldi,
út þars ekkjur líta
orms súð ór bœ prúðar.
Vestr réð ór Nið næsta
nýri skeið at stýra
ungr, en árar drengja,
allvaldr, í sæ falla.

{Lið-Baldr} slyngr laugardag lǫngu tjaldi af sér, þars prúðar ekkjur líta súð orms út ór bœ. Ungr allvaldr réð at stýra næsta nýri skeið vestr ór Nið, en árar drengja falla í sæ.
‘The troop-Baldr <god> [RULER] throws, on a Saturday, the long awning off [lit. off himself], where fine women gaze at the side-planking of the serpent [dragon-ship], [looking] out from the town. The youthful overlord set about steering the brand-new longship west out of Nidelven (Nið), and the oars of the warriors plunge into the sea.

notes and context

In Hkr and H-Hr, the st. follows st. 1, with the comment that Haraldr set sail down the river and (in Hkr) that the rowing was most careful (þar var vandaðr róðr mjǫk). has a similar context to Hkr.

[3]: The l. recalls Sigvatr’s Út munu ekkjur líta ‘women will look out’ (Sigv Austv 12/1I).



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 19: AI, 381, BI, 351, Skald I, 176, NN §§1141, 2033, 2831Bb; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 156, IV, 224, ÍF 28, 142, Hkr 1991, 651 (HSig ch. 60), F 1871, 226, E 1916, 72; 1952, 24; Fms 6, 309 (HSig ch. 76), Fms 12, 154.


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