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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólhv Hryn 9II

Lauren Goetting (ed.) 2009, ‘Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 9’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 666.

Óláfr hvítaskáld ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Norðan rendi næst, þás spurðisk,
nafnkunnr jǫfurr skíðum stafna,
— bárur léku brǫndum hæri —
brodda hríð, fyr Nóregs síðu.
Þrútin lágu veðr á vatni;
vinda ript né gramr bað svipta;
snarr yngvi kvað sigrbyr fenginn
sinni ferð at hjaldri stinnum.

Nafnkunnr jǫfurr rendi næst {skíðum stafna} norðan fyr síðu Nóregs, þás spurðisk {hríð brodda}; bárur léku hæri brǫndum. Þrútin veðr lágu á vatni; né bað gramr svipta {ript vinda}; snarr yngvi kvað sigrbyr fenginn ferð sinni at stinnum hjaldri.
‘The famous prince next impelled skis of stems [SHIPS] from the north along the coast of Norway when a storm of arrow-points [BATTLE] was reported; the waves rose higher than the prows. Heavy winds pressed upon the water; the king did not command that the cloth of winds [SAIL] be taken down; the brave monarch said that a favouring wind of victory had been given to his company for the fierce battle.

notes and context

Shortly after Easter 1240, Hákon and his retinue sailed with strong winds toward Oslo, where he planned to attack Skúli and his men.

For Hákon’s journey by ship to Oslo, see also Sturl Hákkv 11-13.



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: Óláfr Þórðarson hvítaskáld, 2. Et hrynhent digt 9: AII, 95-6, BII, 107, Skald II, 57, NN §2989C; E 1916, 599, F 1871, 511, Hák 1910-86, 549, Hák 1977-82, 122, Flat 1860-8, III, 147.


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