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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 1 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, 378-9

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

13 — Steinn Óldr 13II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 13’ 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. 378-9.

Gefr áttstuðill jǫfra
ǫrr ok steinda knǫrru
(hann vill hnøggvi sinnar)
hábrynjuð skip (synja).
Þjóð nýtr Óláfs auðar;
annarr konungr mǫnnum,
seðu, hverr slíkt fé reiðir!
Sik beztan gram miklu.

{Ǫrr áttstuðill jǫfra} gefr hábrynjuð skip ok steinda knǫrru; hann vill synja hnøggvi sinnar. Þjóð nýtr auðar Óláfs; seðu, hverr annarr konungr reiðir mǫnnum slíkt fé! …Sik beztan gram miklu….

{The generous lineage-pillar of princes} [KING = Óláfr] gives out armoured ships and painted merchantmen; he wishes to deny his parsimony. People enjoy Óláfr’s wealth; look, what other king gives men such riches! …Himself [to be] the very best ruler….

texts: H-Hr 241, Mork 114

editions: Skj Steinn Herdísarson: 3. Óláfsdrápa 14 (AI, 412; BI, 382); Skald I, 190, NN §2983; Mork 1867, 129, Mork 1928-32, 295, Andersson and Gade 2000, 284, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 447 (Ólkyrr ch. 7); F 1871, 260, E 1916, 107-8 (Ólkyrr).


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 21r, 19 - 21r, 19 (Mork)  image  image  image  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 80v, 19 - 80v, 19 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 56vb, 19 - 56vb, 19 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 56va, 6 - 56va, 9  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 30v, 12 - 30v, 13  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 304r, 2 - 304r, 9  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 5v, 20 - 5v, 20  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 359r, 17 - 359r, 24  image  
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