Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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I. 3. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar (Óldr) - 28

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2.1: Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar (‘Drápa about Óláfr Tryggvason’) — Anon ÓldrI

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1031.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XII]: [1]. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar, ‘er Halfredr orti vandræda skalld’, et digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 573-8, BI, 567-74)

SkP info: I, 1049

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17 — Anon Óldr 17I

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Cite as: Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 17’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1049.

 

 

 

             ... tafni.
Øx reið, en sveif síðan
sundvargs boða mǫrgum
— hæstr varð geirs at gusti
grams tírr — af bol svíri.

 

... carrion. The axe swung, and then neck swept from trunk {for many an offerer {of the sea-wolf}}; [SHIP > SEAFARER] the ruler’s glory became greatest in {the gust of the spear}. [BATTLE]

notes: The extant poem resumes with commemoration of the sea-battle at Svǫlðr c. 1000, for which see also Hfr ErfÓl 1-24, Skúli SvǫlðrIII, Stefnir Lv 1 (cf. OSnorr Lv), Eþsk Couplet, Hókr Eirfl, ÞKolb Eirdr 8, and the non-contemporary HSt Rst 15-23; see further the entry on Óláfr Tryggvason in ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume. — [4]: The entire first helmingr, except for its final word tafni (n. dat. sg.) ‘carrion, prey’ or ‘offering, sacrifice’, is lacking in Bb. Apparently the scribe’s exemplar had a lacuna here; a much later hand notes vantar í ‘some missing’ at the bottom of fol. 112v, after st. 16. It is likely that a significant number of stanzas are missing (see Introduction).

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XII]: [1]. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 17 (AI, 576; BI, 571); Skald I, 277; Munch and Unger 1847, 122, 141, Gullberg 1875, 16, 34.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 113ra, 1 - 113ra, 3  transcr.  image  image  
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