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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Magndr 9II/1 —  ‘Rügen’

Fúss lét á ræsir
rammþing háit Glamma;
valska rauð fyr víðu
Vestlandi gramr branda.

Ræsir lét fúss rammþing Glamma háit á ; gramr rauð valska branda fyr víðu Vestlandi.

The ruler, eager, caused a mighty encounter of Glammi <sea-king> [BATTLE] to be held at Rügen; the sovereign reddened Frankish blades off broad Vestland.


[1] Ré: ‘ræ’ Hr(7vb), Flat


[1] ‘Rügen’: The phrase á Ré suggests that the fighting was on land. The tradition of a sea-battle recorded in Flat and H-Hr (Fms 6, 55) may rest on a false assumption that fyr ... Vestlandi ‘off Vestland’ in ll. 3-4 refers to the fighting rather than to the island of Rügen (see Note to st. 9/4 below). On the other hand, the account of the occasion of the battle in these two sources (above) is, because of the location of Rügen, more plausible than that in Hkr and H-Hr (Fms 6, 75); see Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson, ÍF 28, 46 n.



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