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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Lv 10II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Lausavísur 10’ 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. 174-5.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonLausavísur

text and translation

Skalka frá, þótt fylkir
falli sjalfr til vallar,
— gengr, sem goð vill — ungum
grams erfingjum hverfa.
Skínnat sól á sýnni
(snarráðs) an þá báða
(Haralds eru haukar gǫrvir
hefnendr) konungsefni.

Skalka hverfa frá ungum erfingjum grams, þótt fylkir falli sjalfr til vallar; gengr, sem goð vill. Sól skínnat á sýnni konungsefni an þá báða; {hefnendr snarráðs Haralds} eru gǫrvir haukar.
‘I shall not desert the young heirs of the king, although the commander himself should fall to the ground; it will go as God wills. The sun will not shine on clearer material for kingship than those two; the avengers of swift-counselled Haraldr [= Magnús and Óláfr] are complete hawks.

notes and context

In the Hkr, Fsk and H-Hr accounts of the battle of Stamford Bridge, Þjóðólfr speaks a st. immediately after Hharð Lv 14. In Mork and Flat, the st. is not connected with Haraldr’s, but follows Arn Hardr 10 and Hardr 12; Þjóðólfr utters it as the Norwegians await the Engl. army. 

Other sts concerning the battle of Stamford Bridge are: Hharð Lv 13-14, ÞjóðA Lv 11 (below) and Arn Hardr 10-13.



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 26: AI, 383, BI, 353, Skald I, 177; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 207-8, IV, 239, ÍF 28, 188-9, Hkr 1991, 684 (HSig ch. 91), F 1871, 248, E 1916, 97; Fsk 1902-3, 290-1 (ch. 58), ÍF 29, 285 (ch. 68); Mork 1928-32, 274, Andersson and Gade 2000, 269, 481 (MH); Fms 6, 417 (HSig ch. 118), Fms 12, 165; Flat 1860-8, III, 393 (MH).


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