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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magn 14II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi 14’ 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. 102-3.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonStanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi

text and translation

Ek hef ekki at drekka
annars nema sjá þenna,
— sýgk ór sǫltum ægi
sylg — es jǫfri fylgik.
Liggr fyr oss, en uggum
alllítt Svía, kǫllum,
— drýgt hǫfum vás fyr vísa —
víð Skáneyrar síða.

Ek hef ekki annars at drekka nema þenna sjá, es fylgik jǫfri; sýgk sylg ór sǫltum ægi. Víð síða Skáneyrar liggr fyr oss, en uggum alllítt Svía, kǫllum; hǫfum drýgt vás fyr vísa.
‘I have nothing other to drink than this sea, as I follow the king; I suck a slurp from the salt ocean. The broad coast of Skanör lies before us, but we fear the Swedes very little, I [lit. we] declare; we have gone through hardship for the prince’s sake.

notes and context

As Sveinn Úlfsson flees east across Skåne (Skáney), Magnús and his troops return to their ships and hastily set off east round the coast.

The introductory words are Þá kvað Þjóðólfr (þetta) ‘Then Þjóðólfr recited (this)’ in H-Hr and all Hkr mss (except F, which has svá segir Þjóðólfr ‘so says Þjóðólfr’), a formula normally associated with lvv. extemporised in the midst of the action, though Þjóðólfr is not depicted as doing this here. On issues of reconstruction, see Introduction to ÞjóðA Magnfl.



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 8: AI, 379, BI, 348-9, Skald I, 175; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 67-8, IV, 205-6, ÍF 28, 61-2, Hkr 1991, 597 (Mgóð ch. 33), F 1871, 190, E 1916, 31; Fms 6, 88-9 (Mgóð ch. 40), Fms 12, 139.


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