Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Lausavísur 9’ 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. 173-4.
Ǫld es, sús jarli skyldi
ógnteitum lið veita,
— sterkr olli því stillir —
Steinkels gefin helju.
En, þvít illa reynðisk
aflsvôn þaðan hônum,
fyrir lét Hôkon hǫrfa,
hvat segr, hinns þat fegrir.
Ǫld Steinkels es gefin helju, sús skyldi veita lið ógnteitum jarli; sterkr stillir olli því. En, þvít aflsvôn þaðan reynðisk hônum illa, lét Hôkon hǫrfa fyrir, hvat segr, hinns fegrir þat.
Steinkell’s men have been handed over to death’s realm, those who should have given support to the battle-joyous jarl; the mighty ruler [Haraldr] caused that. But, because the expectation of support from there turned out badly for him, Hákon effected a retreat, whatever anyone says who puts a gloss on it.
Mss: Kˣ(569v), 39(29ra), F(50va), E(23v), J2ˣ(289r) (Hkr); Mork(15r) (Mork); Flat(201vb) (Flat); H(60r), Hr(44ra) (H-Hr)
Readings:  es (‘er’): om. 39, H, var E, Flat; sús (‘su er’): sú J2ˣ, Mork; skyldi: vildi Mork, H, om. Hr  ‑teitum: ‘tieittum’ Flat  sterkr: styrkr H; því: þar 39, styr Mork  helju (‘hælio’): ‘elio’ 39  þvít (‘þvi at’): þat Flat; illa: om. Hr; reynðisk: reyndusk Mork  afls: alfs E, afl‑ Mork, Flat, H, alf Hr  fyrir: fyrr Flat  hvat: ‘hua’ E, hvatt Flat; segr: segir F, E, J2ˣ, Flat, Hr; þat: þar E, om. H, Hr; fegrir: ‘fegir’ H, Hr
Editions: Skj AI, 383, Skj BI, 352-3, Skald I, 177; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 181, IV, 233-4, ÍF 28, 164, Hkr 1991, 668 (HSig ch. 72), F 1871, 237, E 1916, 84; Mork 1928-32, 231, Andersson and Gade 2000, 241, 478 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 375 (MH); Fms 6, 336 (HSig ch. 89), Fms 12, 159.
Context: Hákon jarl Ívarsson, commissioned by King Steinkell to defend Götaland (Gautland) against Haraldr’s attacks, fights well along with his Dan. forces, but their standard is captured and they are forced to flee.
Notes:  helju ‘death’s realm’: Cf. Note to ÞjóðA Sex 16/8 and Valg Har 8/6. —  hvat ‘whatever’: The interpretation here follows Andersson and Gade. Hvat is slightly elliptical, lacking a rel. particle (e)s. Previous eds read hvatt and take it with the previous cl., hence Hkon lét hǫrfa fyrir hvatt ‘Hákon effected a retreat swiftly’, but this virtually amounts to an emendation since only Flat reads hvatt, and all other mss but one have hvat. —  segr ‘says’: I.e. 3rd pers. sg. pres. of segja. The usual form, segir, is seen in five mss but segr may be an authentic older variant (cf. 1st pers. sg. pres. seg rather than segi, ANG §532.6). —  fegrir ‘puts a gloss on it’: Fegra is the causative verb from fagr ‘beautiful’, hence the informant literally ‘beautifies’ the narrative of the retreat.
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