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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Óldr 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 5’ 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, pp. 371-2.

Steinn HerdísarsonÓláfsdrápa

text and translation

Austr helt Engla þrýstir
ótvínn liði sínu
— stóran braut of stýri
straum — sækonungr Rauma.
Glaðr tók herr, þás heðra
hringlestir kom vestan,
allr við ǫflgum stilli.
Óláfr borinn sólu.

{Ótvínn þrýstir Engla}, {sækonungr Rauma}, helt liði sínu austr; stóran straum braut of stýri. Allr herr tók glaðr við ǫflgum stilli, þás {hringlestir} kom vestan heðra. …Óláfr borinn sólu.
‘The unwavering oppressor of the English [= Óláfr], the sea-king of the Raumar [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr], steered his force to the east; the heavy current broke around the helm. All inhabitants received the mighty ruler warmly when the ring-damager [GENEROUS RULER] arrived here from the west. …Óláfr born [beneath] the sun.

notes and context

As st. 4 above.

Óláfr returned to Norway from Orkney in 1067. — [8]: For this l. of the split refrain (klofastef), see Note to st. 1/8 above.



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: Steinn Herdísarson, 3. Óláfsdrápa 6: AI, 410, BI, 380, Skald I, 189, NN §§806, 889-90, 1936, 1991; Mork 1867, 121, Mork 1928-32, 282, Andersson and Gade 2000, 275, 482 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 398 (MH); Fms 6, 428 (HSig ch. 123).


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