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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 2. Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi, 5 [Vol. 2, 92-3]

[2, 3] harri Skônunga; allvaldr Lundar ‘ruler of the Skánungar [= Magnús]; overlord of Lund [= Magnús]’: These must refer to the victorious Magnús, who claimed supremacy over Skåne (Skáney), now in southern Sweden, but formerly part of the Dan. territories (cf. Magn 9, where í Danmǫrku ‘in Denmark’ and of Skáney ‘across Skåne’ are juxtaposed. Lund (from ON lundr m. ‘grove’) is one of the largest and oldest centres of population in Skåne. That it was Magnús who got a saurstokkinn svíra ‘mud-spattered neck’ (i.e. was spattered right up to the neck) might seem undignified, but taken together with ll. 3-4 this seems to suggest that he stopped at nothing, hacking through bogs to pursue his enemy and defend his perceived rights.


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