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Arn Magndr 7II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Magnússdrápa 7’ 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. 216.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonMagnússdrápa

Náði siklingr síðan
snjallr ok Danmǫrk allri
— môttr óx drengja dróttins —
dýrr Nóregi at stýra.
Engr hefr annarr þengill
áðr svá gnógu láði
— bráskat bragnings þroski —
barnungr und sik þrungit.

Snjallr, dýrr siklingr náði síðan at stýra Nóregi ok allri Danmǫrk; môttr dróttins drengja óx. Engr annarr þengill hefr barnungr þrungit und sik áðr svá gnógu láði; þroski bragnings bráskat.

The daring, excellent prince attained then to rule Norway and the whole of Denmark; the strength of the leader of warriors grew. No other lord has, while child-young, thrust under his rule before such ample territory; the manhood of the sovereign did not fail.

Mss: H(6r), Hr(7ra) (H-Hr); Flat(190va) (Flat)

Readings: [3] óx: ok Flat    [4] Nóregi: ‘noṙ’ Hr, ‘nor̄.’ Flat    [5] Engr: ungr Flat    [7] þroski: so Hr, þroska H, Flat    [8] und: við Hr;    þrungit: so Flat, ‘strvngít’ H, Hr

Editions: Skj AI, 340, Skj BI, 312-13, Skald I, 159; Fms 6, 51 (Mgóð ch. 25), Fms 12, 131-2; Flat 1860-8, III, 272-3, Andersson and Gade 2000, 112, 468 (MH); Whaley 1998, 197-8.

Context: As for st. 6, which precedes st. 7 in H-Hr but follows it in Flat.

Notes: [7] þroski ‘the manhood’: (a) The nom. variant here is supported by bráskat háski ‘peril did not cease’ in Arn Þorfdr 11/2, though since only Hr has this reading it may be secondary. (b) An unusual impersonal construction, bregðask e-t/e-u ‘sth. fails, changes’ would have to be assumed if þroska were retained. — [8] þrungit ‘thrust’: (a) Compare, e.g., Þhorn Gldr 6/1, 4I þrǫng ... und sik jǫrðu ‘thrust the land under himself’. (b) The H-Hr reading ‘strvngít’ has the appearance of a p. p. from a strong class III verb, but there is no other trace of such a verb in ON.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  5. Whaley, Diana, ed. and trans. 1998. The Poetry of Arnórr jarlaskáld: An Edition and Study. Westfield Publications in Medieval Studies 8. Turnhout: Brepols.
  6. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  7. Internal references
  8. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  9. Not published: do not cite (MHII)
  10. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 11’ 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. 242-3.
  11. Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Glymdrápa 6’ 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. 85.

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