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ÞjóðA Magnfl 5II/8 — Skônunga ‘of the Skánungar’

Sjalfr vas austr við Elfi
Ulfs mǫgr ok hét fǫgru;
þar réð Sveinn at sverja
sínar hendr at skríni.
Réð Ôleifs sonr eiðum,
— átt hafa þeira sáttir
skemmra aldr an skyldi —
Skônunga gramr, hônum.

Mǫgr Ulfs vas sjalfr austr við Elfi ok hét fǫgru; þar réð Sveinn at sverja hendr sínar at skríni. Sonr Ôleifs, gramr Skônunga, réð hônum eiðum; sáttir þeira hafa átt skemmra aldr an skyldi.

Úlfr’s kinsman [= Sveinn Úlfsson] himself was east at the Götaälv (Elfr), and promised fine things; there Sveinn did pledge himself [lit. his hands] at the shrine. Óláfr’s son [= Magnús], the lord of the Skánungar [= Magnús], dictated oaths to him; their peace-agreements have had a shorter life than they ought.

notes

[8] gramr Skônunga ‘the lord of the Skánungar [= Magnús]’: This is taken in apposition to sonr leifs ‘Óláfr’s son’ (l. 5), since both refer to Magnús. The alternative is that it is an apostrophe (a possibility raised, and rejected, by Finnur Jónsson in Hkr 1893-1901, IV, 193). The Skánungar are the people of Skåne, now in southern Sweden but then Dan. territory.

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