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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
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Norðmenn ‘the Norwegians’

Norðmaðr (noun m.): Norwegian

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gǫngum ‘march’

2. ganga (verb; geng, gekk, gengu, genginn): walk, go

[2] gǫngum: gǫngu E, Hr

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stǫngum ‘to the standard-poles’

stǫng (noun f.; °stangar, dat. -u; stangir/stengr): pole

[2] stǫngum: stǫngu Hr

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Magnúss ‘Magnús’s’

2. Magnús (noun m.): Magnús

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á ‘at my’

3. á (prep.): on, at

[4] á: so all others, om.

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sjaldan ‘seldom’

sjaldan (adv.): seldom

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Skýtra ‘does not dash’

skjóta (verb): shoot

[5] Skýtra: ‘skytrað’ H, ‘skytrað ek’ Hr

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[5] skýtra skeifum fœti ‘does not dash with foot aslant’: I.e. he marches straight ahead.

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skeifum ‘aslant’

skeifr (adj.): skewed, aslant

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[5] skýtra skeifum fœti ‘does not dash with foot aslant’: I.e. he marches straight ahead.

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fœti ‘with foot’

1. fótr (noun m.): foot, leg

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[5] skýtra skeifum fœti ‘does not dash with foot aslant’: I.e. he marches straight ahead.

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Skáney ‘Skåne’

Skáney (noun f.): Skåne

[6] Skáney: Skáni E

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yfir ‘across’

yfir (prep.): over

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sláni ‘The lanky fellow’

sláni (noun m.): [lanky fellow]

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[6] sláni ‘the lanky fellow [I, the skald]’: Given the reference to mér ‘me’ in l. 7, this may well denote the skald. Konráð Gíslason suggested the sense that in the rapid advance even the clumsy one among ‘us’ (the Norwegians) abandoned his meandering gait (Nj 1875-8, II, 97). These two assumptions seem more likely than a reference to the people of Skåne (Skáney), direct and swift in their flight, as suggested in ÍF 28 (also Hkr 1991).

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fár ‘few’

3. fár (adj.; °compar. fǽrri/fárri(Mág² 11ˆ), superl. fǽstr): few

[7] fár vegr: so 39, F, H, Hr, ‘farvegr’ Kˣ, fagr vegr E

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vegr ‘routes’

1. vegr (noun m.; °-s/-ar, dat. -i/-; -ar/-ir, gen. -a/-na, acc. -a/-i/-u): way, path, side

[7] fár vegr: so 39, F, H, Hr, ‘farvegr’ Kˣ, fagr vegr E

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

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