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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

3. Óláfsdrápa (Óldr) - 16

Skj info: Steinn Herdísarson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 407-13, BI, 376-83).

Skj poems:
1. Nizarvísur
2. Ulfsflokkr
3. Óláfsdrápa

Steinn was the great-grandson of the Icel. poet Einarr skálaglamm ‘Tinkle-scales’ Helgason (EskálI) and a kinsman of Stúfr inn blindi ‘the Blind’ Þórðarson (Stúfr; see the genealogy in SnE 1848-87, III, 607 and Genealogy IV in ÍF 5). At the battle of the river Nissan in 1062 he was on board the ship of his kinsman, Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr). Steinn was a court poet of Haraldr harðráði ‘Hardrule’ Sigurðarson and his son Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275). Two poems, NizarvísurVísur about the Nissan’ (Steinn Nizv), and ÓláfsdrápaDrápa about Óláfr’ (Steinn Óldr) survive of his poetic oeuvre, and another st., ÚlfsflokkrFlokkr about Úlfr’ (Steinn Úlffl), is usually assigned to a poem about Úlfr Óspaksson.

Óláfsdrápa (‘Drápa about Óláfr’) — Steinn ÓldrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa’ 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, pp. 367-81. <> (accessed 4 July 2022)

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Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 3. Óláfsdrápa, o. 1070 (AI, 409-13, BI, 379-83); stanzas (if different): 1 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17

SkP info: II, 373-4

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7 — Steinn Óldr 7II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 7’ 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, pp. 373-4.

Sín óðǫl mun Sveini
sóknstrangr í Kaupangi,
þars heilagr gramr hvílir,
— hanns ríkr jǫfurr — banna.
Ætt sinni mun unna
Ôláfr konungr hôla
(Ulfs þarfat þar arfi)
alls Nóregs (til kalla).

Sóknstrangr í Kaupangi, þars heilagr gramr hvílir, mun banna Sveini óðǫl sín; hanns ríkr jǫfurr. Ôláfr konungr mun hôla unna ætt sinni alls Nóregs; {arfi Ulfs} þarfat kalla til þar.

The battle-strong one in Trondheim, where the holy ruler rests, will refuse Sveinn his [Óláfr’s] ancestral properties; he is a mighty prince. King Óláfr will certainly grant his kin all Norway; {Úlfr’s heir} [= Sveinn] need not make a claim there.

texts: Fsk 248, H-Hr 232, HSig 92 (III 167), Mork 104, Hkr 546 (III 167)

editions: Skj Steinn Herdísarson: 3. Óláfsdrápa 10 (AI, 411; BI, 381); Skald I, 189, NN §§892, 2041 anm. 1; Mork 1867, 124, Mork 1928-32, 286-7, Andersson and Gade 2000, 278, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 436-7 (Ólkyrr ch. 1); ÍF 28, 202 (HSig ch. 101), F 1871, 254, E 1916, 103; ÍF 29, 297 (ch. 79).


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 20r, 39 - 20r, 39 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 78v, 14 - 78v, 14 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 55va, 25 - 55va, 25 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 63 folx (Kx) 588r, 20 - 588v, 3 (Hkr)  image  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 32va, 12 - 32va, 12 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 54va, 5 - 54va, 7 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 29r, 33 - 29v, 1 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 301r, 24 - 301r, 31 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 3v - 3v (Hkr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 81r - 81r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 320, 21 - 321, 6 (Fsk)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 71v, 12 - 71v, 19 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 118v, 11 - 118v, 16 (Fsk)  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 358v, 11 - 358v, 18  image  
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