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, 1054

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23 — Anon Óldr 23I

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Cite as: Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 23’ 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. 1054.

Ok andvǫnum Endils
ítrskíð á dreif síðan
sann-Njǫrðungum seima
sveif hundruðum undir,
svát glójarðar gerði
Gylfa skíðs of víði
— búkr hné margr fyr mæki —
meinfœrt of lǫg hreinum.

 

And {life-lacking true Njǫrðungar of gold} [MEN] drifted afterwards in hundreds, scattered under {the glorious ski of Endill}, [SHIP] so that it made the going dangerous across the ocean {for reindeer {of the gleaming earth {of the ski of Gylfi}}} [SHIP > SEA > SHIPS] across the sea; many a body fell before the sword.

notes: [1-4]: Line 2 violates Craigie’s Law (on which, see Gade 1995a, 29-30), since dreif ‘scattering’, in á dreif ‘scattered’ is a long-stemmed noun in position 4 of a Type D4/E-line, which is not otherwise found until the C14th. Dreif could be a verb, ‘drove’, but no analysis of the helmingr accommodates that easily, and there may be corruption. — [5-8]: Like the first helmingr, this may be seriously corrupt. The m. v. gerðisk might have been expected, rather than gerði ‘it made’ (l. 5), and the repetitious of víði, of lǫg ‘across the ocean, across the sea’ (ll. 6, 8) is problematic (see Note to l. 8), as is the ship-kenning with another ship-kenning embedded (ll. 5, 6, 8).

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XII]: [1]. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 23 (AI, 577-8; BI, 573); Skald I, 277, NN §1222; Munch and Unger 1847, 123, 141, Gullberg 1875, 18, 38.

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Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 113ra, 23 - 113ra, 27  transcr.  image  image  
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