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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Glækv 5I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórarinn loftunga, Glælognskviða 5’ 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. 870.

Þórarinn loftungaGlælognskviða

text and translation

Þar svá hreinn
með heilu liggr
lofsæll gramr
líki sínu,
svát þar kná
sem á kvikum manni
hár ok negl
hônum vaxa.

Lofsæll gramr liggr þar svá hreinn með heilu líki sínu, svát þar hár ok negl kná vaxa hônum, sem á kvikum manni.
‘The praise-blessed prince lies there so pure, with his body incorrupt, that there hair and nails grow on him, as on a living man.

notes and context

See Context to st. 2 above.

The syntax of the stanza as preserved in is unique among the extant mss, with svát in l. 1 and ok in l. 5. Holm2 and 61, as well as Tóm (representing the A and C classes of ÓH mss), have svá in l. 1 and svát in l. 5. As this yields much better sense, it is adopted here (as also in Magerøy 1948). The stanza is thus marked in ll. 1 and 5 by a syntactic and lexical correlation that appears pleonastic (þar svá ‘there so’ … svát þar ‘(so) that there’), unless the first þar refers to Óláfr’s shrine and the second to his body. As mentioned in the Note to st. 4 [All], however, the syntax of the end of the previous stanza and the start of this one must remain uncertain, owing to the loss of lines.



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 5: AI, 326, BI, 300-1, Skald I, 153; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 520, IV, 175, ÍF 27, 407 (ÓHHkr ch. 245); ÓH 1941, I, 604 (ch. 245), Flat 1860-8, II, 377; Magerøy 1948, 11, 17, 22-4.


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