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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Glækv 4I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórarinn loftunga, Glælognskviða 4’ 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. 869.

Þórarinn loftungaGlælognskviða

text and translation

Hafði sér
harðla ráðit
Haralds sonr
til himinríkis,
áðr seimbrjótr
at sætti varð.

{Sonr Haralds} hafði harðla ráðit sér til himinríkis, áðr {seimbrjótr} varð at sætti.
‘The son of Haraldr [= Óláfr] had powerfully taken himself to the heavenly kingdom, before the treasure-breaker [GENEROUS MAN] became a mediator.

notes and context

See Context to st. 2 above.

As it stands, this stanza has only six lines, and so it must be assumed that at least two lines have been lost at the end (so Skj B; Skald; Magerøy 1948; ÍF 27). Hence it must remain uncertain as to whether the clause beginning at l. 5 is grammatically complete, even though it can be construed as such (especially with emendation); moreover, the syntactic connection between sts 4 and 5 is unclear, especially in those mss which read svát ‘so that’ in st. 5/1. The stanza is completed in 61 with the lines Kristi þekkr | konungr inn œzti ‘the highest king, pleasing to Christ’, but the authority of this reading must be doubted.



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 4: AI, 325, BI, 300, Skald I, 153, NN §965; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 520, IV, 175, ÍF 27, 407 (ÓHHkr ch. 245); ÓH 1941, I, 603 (ch. 245), Flat 1860-8, II, 377; Magerøy 1948, 11, 17, 22.


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