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Arn Hardr 10II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Haraldsdrápa 10’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 271.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHaraldsdrápa

Uppgǫngu ‘the advance ashore’

1. uppganga (noun f.): advance ashore


ítr ‘The splendid’

ítr (adj.): glorious


á ‘in’

3. á (prep.): on, at

[3] á sinni ævi: sinni á ævi Flat


sinni ‘his’

3. sinn (pron.; °f. sín, n. sitt): (refl. poss. pron.)

[3] á sinni ævi: sinni á ævi Flat


ævi ‘life’

ævi (noun f.; °-/-ar): life

[3] á sinni ævi: sinni á ævi Flat


sásk ‘feared’

2. sjá (verb): see


aldrigi ‘never’

aldrigi (adv.): never


England ‘England’

England (noun n.): England


sunnan ‘from the south’

sunnan (adv.): (from the) south


fylki ‘sovereign’

fylkir (noun m.): leader


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Haraldr, realising an attack from the English is imminent, draws up his men in battle-order at Stamford Bridge (Stanfurðu bryggja). In Mork and Flat, st. 10 is cited immediately after Haraldr’s words of encouragement to his troops. The compiler of H-Hr remarks on the immensity of the enemy’s forces, both cavalry and foot.

On the battle of Stamford Bridge (25 September 1066), see Brooks 1956, and on the unreliability of the saga accounts, see Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson in ÍF 28, xxxii-xxxiii. See also sts. 11-16 below, and Hharð Lv 13-14, ÞjóðA Lv 10-11 and Stúfr Stúfdr 8. — [1-2]: These ll. are echoed in Þham Magndr 5/1-2.


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