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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr ErfÓl 5I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Erfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar 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. 408.

Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld ÓttarssonErfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar

text and translation

Sótti herr, þars hætti,
hundmargr drasil sunda,
en hjalmsprotum hilmir
harðfengr Dǫnum varði.
Fellu þar með þolli
þeim Skævaðar geima
— mein hlautk af því — mínir
meir hollvinir fleiri.

Hundmargr herr sótti {drasil sunda}, þars hætti, en harðfengr hilmir varði Dǫnum {hjalmsprotum}. Fleiri hollvinir mínir fellu meir þar með {þeim þolli {Skævaðar geima}}; hlautk mein af því.
‘An immense force attacked the horse of sounds [SHIP], where there was danger, but the tenacious ruler warded off the Danes with helmet-rods [SWORDS]. More of my true friends also fell there with that fir of the Skævaðr <legendary horse> of the ocean [SHIP > SEAFARER]; I got grief from that.

notes and context

Although the Danish king Sveinn tjúguskegg ‘Fork-beard’, with his sixty ships, attacks the Norwegians the hardest, the entire fleet of the Danes and Swedes is within shooting range. But Óláfr and his troop defend themselves splendidly, even though many of his men fall.



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 5: AI, 160, BI, 151, Skald I, 82, NN §§474, 1956; SHI 2, 301, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 267 (ch. 250), Flat 1860-8, 482-3.


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