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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hryn 12II/4 — at ‘in’

Skjǫldungr, fórt of óþjóð eldi;
auðit vas þá flotnum dauða;
hæstan kynduð, hlenna þrýstir,
hyrjar ljóma sunnr at Jómi.
Hvergi þorði hallir varða
heiðit folk í virki breiðu;
buðlungr, unnuð borgarmǫnnum
bjǫrtum eldi stalldræp hjǫrtu.

Skjǫldungr, fórt eldi of óþjóð; þá vas dauða auðit flotnum; þrýstir hlenna, kynduð hæstan ljóma hyrjar sunnr at Jómi. Heiðit folk þorði hvergi varða hallir í breiðu virki; buðlungr, unnuð borgarmǫnnum stalldræp hjǫrtu bjǫrtum eldi.

King, you went with flame through the evil tribe; then death was fated to men; crusher of thieves [JUST RULER], you kindled a towering blaze of fire south in Wollin. The heathen host dared not at all to defend halls in the broad stronghold; royal one, you caused terror-struck hearts in the townsmen, by means of bright flame.


[4] at: so all others, á


[4] at Jómi ‘in Wollin’: The variant at, being the agreement of all mss except , and the reading of H and Hr in Arn Magndr 8/3 at Jómi, is likely to be the skald’s original. ON Jóm or Jómsborg is identified with present-day Wollin, set on an island at the mouth of the Oder.



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