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Arn Hryn 15II/6 — jarl ‘the jarl [Sveinn Úlfsson]’

Keppinn vannt, þats æ mun uppi,
Yggjar veðr, meðan heimrinn byggvisk;
valgammr skók í vápna rimmu
viðr Helganes blóðugt fiðri.
Yngvi, fekktu ǫll með hringum,
jarl vissi sik foldar missa —
þjóðum kunnr, en þú tókt síðan,
þeira flaust, við sigri meira.

Vannt keppinn veðr Yggjar, þats mun æ uppi meðan heimrinn byggvisk; valgammr skók blóðugt fiðri í rimmu vápna viðr Helganes. Yngvi kunnr þjóðum, fekktu ǫll flaust þeira með hringum; jarl vissi sik missa foldar, en þú tókt síðan við meira sigri.

You fought, vigorous, a wind-storm of Yggr <= Óðinn> [BATTLE], which will always be extolled while the world is peopled; the corpse-vulture [RAVEN/EAGLE] ruffled his bloody plumage in the roar of weapons [BATTLE] at Helgenæs. Sovereign renowned to men, you seized all their vessels, every one; the jarl [Sveinn Úlfsson] knew he had lost land, and you gained then a greater victory.

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[6] jarl ‘the jarl [Sveinn Úlfsson]’: Sveinn Úlfsson, son of the Dan. jarl Úlfr Þorgilsson and of Ástríðr, sister of Knútr inn ríki, hence known also as Sven Estridsson. Appointed Magnús’s viceroy over Jylland, he broke his oaths of loyalty and attempted to establish himself as king (e.g. MgóðHkr ch. 25, ÍF 28, 40-1). See also ÞjóðA Magnfl 5 and ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this vol.

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