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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

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

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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7 

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

SkP info: I, 1067

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6 — Anon Ól 6I

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Cite as: Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason 6’ 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. 1067.

Upp dró hilmir heppinn
hugstrangr á Orm langan
mann, er mentir kunni
mest, af sjó í festi.
‘Víst hefir vöknað næsta
vendr dyrðill þinn, frændi,’
yngvi öðrum kóngum
†aflagðr† fyrir sagði.

 

The lucky, strong-minded lord, who was most able in skills, dragged the man on a rope up out of the sea onto Ormr langr (‘Long Serpent’). ‘Your fine cloak has surely got almost soaked, kinsman,’ declared the prince, other kings.

notes: Óláfr’s words are very similar to those quoted in ÓT (1958-2000, II, 233): hvat er nv frændi. huart hefir vo᷎knat dydrillinn þinn ‘what’s up, kinsman, has your fine cloak/tail got soaked?’. ÓTOdd is less close, and also says the king swam after Þorkell rather than pulling him up on a rope, as ÓT and the stanza relate. The incident is reminiscent of the Akkerisfrakki episode in Hallfreðar saga in which Óláfr also supplies a rope to help people in trouble at sea (see Hfr Lv 4V (Hallfr 5), ÓTr Lv 1V (Hallfr 6) and Lindow 2007).

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: A. 9. Af et digt om Olaf Tryggvason 6 (AII, 462-3; BII, 495);

Skald II, 270, NN §3347; Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 115-16, 120-2, ÓT 1958-2000, III, xxxiv, AM 61 1982, 23-4.

sources

AM 61 fol (61) 72r - 72r (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 61 fol (61ÓlHalld) -  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 151r - 151r (Ól)  image  
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