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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, 378-9

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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 reiðir!
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….

context: Stanzas 13-16 illustrate Óláfr’s generosity.

notes: In E and J2ˣ, the st. is erroneously attributed to ‘Stúfr’ (inn blindi). — For a similar display of munificence, see Mark Eirdr 5. — [8]: The l. echoes Þfagr Sveinn 4/4. — [8]: For this l. of the split refrain (klofastef), see Note to st. 1/8 above.

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).

sources

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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