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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Glækv 2I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórarinn loftunga, Glælognskviða 2’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 866.

Þórarinn loftungaGlælognskviða

text and translation

Nú hefr sér
til sess hagat
í Þrándheimi.
Þar vill æ
ævi sína
bauga brjótr
byggðum ráða.

Nú hefr þjóðkonungr hagat sér til sess í Þrándheimi. Þar vill {brjótr bauga} ráða byggðum æ ævi sína.
‘Now the great king [= Sveinn] has arranged himself on the throne in Trøndelag. There the breaker of rings [GENEROUS MAN] will rule the settlements always throughout his life.

notes and context

Following an account in the previous chapter of the translation of Óláfr’s remains into Clemenskirkja, Niðaróss (Clemenskirken, Trondheim), and quotation of Sigv ErfÓl 23, sts 2-10 are quoted as a block in ÓH-Hkr in exemplification of the miracles of the now venerated Óláfr.

The introduction in ÓH-Hkr identifies skald and title: Þórarinn loftunga orti um Svein Álfífuson kvæði þat, er Glælognskviða heitir, ok eru þessar vísur þar íÞórarinn loftunga composed about Sveinn Álfífuson that poem which is called Glælognskviða, and these stanzas are in it’.



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: Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða 2: AI, 325, BI, 300, Skald I, 152; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 520, IV, 174, ÍF 27, 406 (ÓHHkr ch. 245); ÓH 1941, I, 603 (ch. 245), Flat 1860-8, II, 377; Magerøy 1948, 11, 16, 19-20.


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