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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magn 10II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi 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, p. 98.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonStanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi

text and translation

Nú taka Norðmenn knýja
— nær gǫngum vér stǫngum —
(berkak) Magnúss merki
(minn skjǫld á hlið sjaldan).
Skýtra skeifum fœti
Skáney yfir sláni
— fár vegr es mér fegri
fundinn — suðr til Lundar.

Nú taka Norðmenn knýja merki Magnúss; vér gǫngum nær stǫngum; berkak sjaldan skjǫld minn á hlið. Sláni skýtra skeifum fœti yfir Skáney suðr til Lundar; fár vegr es fundinn fegri mér.
‘Now the Norwegians start to press forward Magnús’s banners; we march close to the standard-poles; it’s not seldom that I carry my shield [lit. I don’t carry seldom my shield] at my side. The lanky fellow [I, the skald] does not dash with foot aslant across Skåne south to Lund; few routes have seemed lovelier to me.

notes and context

Pursuing Sveinn Úlfsson after the battle of Helgenæs (Helganes), Magnús harries Skåne (Skáney).



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 4: AI, 378, BI, 347-8, Skald I, 175; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 66, IV, 204, ÍF 28, 59-60, Hkr 1991, 595-6 (Mgóð ch. 33), F 1871, 189, E 1916, 30-1; Fms 6, 87 (Mgóð ch. 40), Fms 12, 138.


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