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Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn)

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

3. Óláfsdrápa (Óldr) - 16

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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16 

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, 372-3

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6 — Steinn Óldr 6II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 6’ 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. 372-3.

Heldr, síz hári foldu
heiptbráðr jǫfurr náði,
— ætt þreifsk Egða dróttins —
ólaust konungr stóli.
Mætr hilmir verr malmi
— mank skjǫldungs lof — kǫldum
Rauma grund ok rǫndu.
Ríklundaðr veit undir.

 

The king holds the throne unwaveringly since the quick-tempered prince took possession of the lofty land; the family {of the lord of the Egðir} [NORWEGIAN KING = S. Óláfr] has prospered. The esteemed ruler defends {the land of the Raumar} [= Norway] with the cold metal and the shield; I recall the hero’s reputation. Proud-minded knows beneath [the sun]….

context: The entire st. is given in Mork (after Óláfr became sole ruler of Norway) and in H-Hr (after an expedition against Sveinn Úlfsson of Denmark). The second helmingr is duplicated in Mork (= Fsk) as part of the sequence of sts describing Óláfr’s naval activities (see sts 7-10 below).

notes: Óláfr became sole ruler of Norway upon the death of his brother, Magnús (d. 27 or 28 April 1069). — [8]: For this l. of the split refrain (klofastef), see the Note to st. 1/8.

texts: Flat 1104, Fsk 249 [5-8], H-Hr 235, MH 135, Mork 103, Mork 105

editions: Skj Steinn Herdísarson: 3. Óláfsdrápa 12 (AI, 412; BI, 381); Skald I, 190, NN §2530; Mork 1867, 121, 124, Mork 1928-32, 283, 287, Andersson and Gade 2000, 275-6, 278, 482-3 (MH; Ólkyrr); Flat 1860-8, III, 398 (MH); Fms 6, 438 (Ólkyrr ch. 2); ÍF 29, 298 (ch. 79).

sources

GKS 1009 fol (Mork*) 19v, 55 - 19v, 55 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork*) 20r, 41 - 20r, 41 [5-8] (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 204rb, 62 - 204rb, 62 (Flat)  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 78v - 78v (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 55vb, 9 - 55vb, 9 (H-Hr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 81r - 81r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 321, 9 - 321, 12 (Fsk)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 71v, 22 - 71v, 22 [5-8] (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 118v, 18 - 118v, 20 [5-8] (Fsk)  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 358v, 19 - 358v, 26  image  
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