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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gsind Hákdr 5I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Guthormr sindri, Hákonardrápa 5’ 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. 163.

Guthormr sindriHákonardrápa

text and translation

Ok sóknhattar setti
svellrjóðr at því fljóði
Ónars eiki grónu
austr geðbœti hraustan,
þann, es áðr frá Írum
íðvandr of kom skíðum
salbrigðandi Sveigðis
svanvangs liði þangat.

Ok {{{sóknhattar} svell}rjóðr} setti {hraustan geðbœti} austr at {því fljóði Ónars}, grónu eiki, þann, {íðvandr {Sveigðis sal}brigðandi}, es of kom áðr liði þangat frá Írum {skíðum {svanvangs}}.
‘And the reddener of the ice of the attack-hat [(lit. ‘ice-reddener of the attack-hat’) HELMET > SWORD > WARRIOR = Hákon] placed the valiant morale-improver [RULER = Tryggvi] in the east over that woman of Ónarr <giant> [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘land’)], grown with oak, that man, a diligent cleaver of the hall of Sveigðir <= Óðinn> [(lit. ‘diligent hall-cleaver of Sveigðir’) SHIELD > WARRIOR = Tryggvi], who had previously brought his following there from the Irish on the skis of the swan-plain [SEA > SHIPS].

notes and context

King Tryggvi Óláfsson, Hákon’s nephew, returns from raiding around Ireland and Scotland. During the spring Hákon places him in charge of Vík (Viken) to ward off enemy action and consolidate the hold over the Danish lands from which Hákon had exacted tribute.



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: Goþþormr sindri, Hákonardrápa 5: AI, 62-3, BI, 55-6, Skald I, 34, NN §§1931, 2743; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 179, IV, 48, ÍF 26, 161, Hkr 1991, I, 102 (HákGóð ch. 9), F 1871, 69; Fms 1, 29, Fms 12, 27, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 28 (ch. 18), Flat 1860-8, I, 53 .


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