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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

I. 4. Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason (Ól) - 7

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2.1: Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason — Anon ÓlI

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1061.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: A. 9. Af et digt om Olaf Tryggvason (AII, 462-3, BII, 494-5)

SkP info: I, 1065

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4 — Anon Ól 4I

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Cite as: Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason 4’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1065.

Valdr nam vígs á kveldi
vitr um kóng að sitja;
þá lá hoskr í hvílu
hildingr í lyftingu.
Skldungr ekki skyldi
skreyttum glaðr af Naðri,
þess að Þorkell vissi
þrekstrangr, mega ganga.

{Vitr valdr vígs} nam að sitja um kóng á kveldi; þá lá hoskr hildingr í hvílu í lyftingu. Glaðr skldungr skyldi ekki mega ganga af skreyttum Naðri, þess að þrekstrangr Þorkell vissi.

{The astute ruler of battle} [WARRIOR = Þorkell] lay in wait for the king in the evening; at that time the wise ruler was lying in bed in the after-deck. The joyous prince ought not to be able to get off the adorned Naðr (‘Adder’), so far as mightily strong Þorkell knew.

Mss: 61(71r) (ÓT)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], A. 9. Af et digt om Olaf Tryggvason 4: AII, 462, BII, 495, Skald II, 270, NN §2667; Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 115, 118-19, ÓT 1958-2000, III, xxxiii, AM 61 1982, 23-4.

Notes: [All]: The wording of the stanza is close to that of ÓT (1958-2000, II, 232). — [1, 2] nam að sitja ‘lay in wait’: Nam is merely an auxiliary here (see LP: 1. nema 10).  — [2] kóng ‘the king’: The monosyllabic contracted form of konungr ‘king’, not current before the C14th (Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 123; ANG §160, Anm.) is metrically necessary here, and probably also in st. 6/7. — [6] Naðri ‘Naðr (“Adder”)’: Óláfr’s famous ship Ormr inn langi ‘the Long Serpent’, named more directly in st. 6/2; see also Notes to Hfr ErfÓl 10/1 and Anon Óldr 19/6. — [7] vissi ‘knew’: Finnur Jónsson (1884-91, 119; Skj B) reads vissit ‘did not know’, hence ‘in such a way that Þorkell did not know’ or ‘without Þorkell knowing’, and this is followed by Kock (Skald) and by Ólafur Halldórsson in AM 61 1982, 24, though his 1958-2000 edn has vissi. But the reading vissi coupled with þess að in the sense ‘insofar as, so far as’ (see Fritzner: þess 2) seems to fit better with the tone of light irony at Þorkell’s expense, almost reporting his (mistaken) thoughts, in both these stanzas and ÓT’s prose.

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