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Hfr ErfÓl 4I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Erfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar 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. 407.

Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld ÓttarssonErfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar
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text and translation

Hept vas lítt — á lopti
liðu ǫrvar framm gǫrva —
brodda flaug, áðr bauga
brjótendr skyti spjótum.
Orð vas hitt, at harðast,
hvarkunnt, fyr lǫg sunnan,
mest, í malma gnaustan
minn dróttinn framm sótti.

Flaug brodda vas lítt hept; ǫrvar liðu gǫrva framm á lopti, áðr {brjótendr bauga} skyti spjótum. Hitt vas mest hvarkunnt orð, at dróttinn minn sótti framm harðast í {gnaustan malma} fyr sunnan lǫg.
 
‘The flight of points was little hindered; arrows travelled precisely forward in the sky, before breakers of rings [GENEROUS MEN] shot spears. That was the most widely-known report, that my lord pressed forward the hardest in the clashing of metal weapons [BATTLE] south over the sea.

notes and context

The stanza is cited in support of the statement that Óláfr fought the most valiantly of all the men at Svǫlðr.

The introduction in ÓT names the source poem as ÓláfsdrápaDrápa about Óláfr’.

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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: Hallfrøðr Óttarsson vandræðaskáld, 3. Óláfsdrápa, erfidrápa 4: AI, 160, BI, 151, Skald I, 82, NN §§1084, 1853E; SHI 2, 299, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 265 (ch. 250), Flat 1860-8, I, 482.

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