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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. Anonymous Poems, 4. Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason, 6 [Vol. 1, 1067]

[All]: Óláfr’s words are very similar to those quoted in ÓT (1958-2000, II, 233): hvat er nv frændi. huart hefir vo᷎knat dydrillinn þinn ‘what’s up, kinsman, has your fine cloak/tail got soaked?’. ÓTOdd is less close, and also says the king swam after Þorkell rather than pulling him up on a rope, as ÓT and the stanza relate. The incident is reminiscent of the Akkerisfrakki episode in Hallfreðar saga in which Óláfr also supplies a rope to help people in trouble at sea (see Hfr Lv 4V (Hallfr 5), ÓTr Lv 1V (Hallfr 6) and Lindow 2007).


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