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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 2 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, 374-5

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

8 — Steinn Óldr 8II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 8’ 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. 374-5.

Ǫll biðr Egða stillir
eggdjarfra lið seggja
sund fyr sínu landi
sóknǫrr stika dǫrrum.
Jǫrð mun eigi verða
auðsótt Fila dróttins
sǫngherðǫndum sverða.
Sik beztan gram miklu.

{Sóknǫrr stillir Egða} biðr lið eggdjarfra seggja stika ǫll sund fyr landi sínu dǫrrum; jǫrð {dróttins Fila} mun eigi verða auðsótt {{sverða sǫng}herðǫndum}. …Sik miklu beztan gram….

{The battle-generous ruler of the Egðir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] bids the band of edge-fierce warriors barricade all inlets along his country with spears; the land {of the lord of the Filir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] will not be easy to conquer {for the strengtheners {of swords’ song}} [(lit. ‘swords’ song-strengtheners’) BATTLE > WARRIORS]. …Himself [to be] the very best ruler….

texts: Fsk 250, H-Hr 230, Mork 106

editions: Skj Steinn Herdísarson: 3. Óláfsdrápa 7 (AI, 411; BI, 380); Skald I, 189; Mork 1867, 124, Mork 1928-32, 287, Andersson and Gade 2000, 278, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 435-6 (Ólkyrr ch. 1); ÍF 29, 298 (ch. 79).


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 20r, 42 - 20r, 42 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 78v - 78v (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 55va, 16 - 55va, 16 (H-Hr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 81r - 81v (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 321, 14 - 321, 21 (Fsk)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 71v, 27 - 71v, 27 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 118v, 21 - 119r, 2 (Fsk)  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 358r, 21 - 358v, 2  image  
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