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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Ól 4I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason 4’ 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. 1065.

Anonymous PoemsPoem about Óláfr Tryggvason

text and translation

Valdr nam vígs á kveldi
vitr um kóng að sitja;
þá lá hoskr í hvílu
hildingr í lyftingu.
Skldungr ekki skyldi
skreyttum glaðr af Naðri,
þess að Þorkell vissi
þrekstrangr, mega ganga.

{Vitr valdr vígs} nam að sitja um kóng á kveldi; þá lá hoskr hildingr í hvílu í lyftingu. Glaðr skldungr skyldi ekki mega ganga af skreyttum Naðri, þess að þrekstrangr Þorkell vissi.
‘The astute ruler of battle [WARRIOR = Þorkell] lay in wait for the king in the evening; at that time the wise ruler was lying in bed in the after-deck. The joyous prince ought not to be able to get off the adorned Naðr (‘Adder’), so far as mightily strong Þorkell knew.

notes and context

The wording of the stanza is close to that of ÓT (1958-2000, II, 232).


Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], A. 9. Af et digt om Olaf Tryggvason 4: AII, 462, BII, 495, Skald II, 270, NN §2667; Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 115, 118-19, ÓT 1958-2000, III, xxxiii, AM 61 1982, 23-4.


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