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Óláfsdrápa sœnska — Ótt ÓldrIII

Óttarr svarti

Matthew Townend 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Óttarr svarti, Óláfsdrápa sœnska’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 335.

 

Jǫfurr heyri upphaf
— ofrask mun konungs lof —
— hôttu nemi hann rétt
hróðrs míns — bragar síns.
 
‘May the prince hear the beginning of his poem; the king’s praise will be raised; may he note correctly the forms of my panegyric.
Þengill vas þegar ungr
þreks gjǫrr vígǫrr;
haldask biðk hans aldr;
hann telk yfirmann.
 
‘The young ruler, filled with power, was already battle-eager; I wish his life to continue; I reckon him a superior man.
Braut, en breki þaut,
borð — óx viðar morð —
— meðr fengu mikit veðr —
mjó fyr ofan sjó.
 
‘The slender planks were broken above the sea, and the breaker resounded; the destruction of the tree [WIND] increased; men got severe weather.
Ǫrn drekkr undarn;
ylgr fær af hræum sylg;
opt rýðr ulfr kjǫpt;
ari getr verð þar.
 
‘The eagle drinks breakfast; the she-wolf gets a sip from corpses; the wolf often reddens its jaw; the eagle gets food there.
Vísi tekr víg-Freys
víst austr munlaust
(aldar hefr allvaldr)
óskvíf (gótt líf).
 
‘The ruler takes for certain the loveless chosen wife of the battle-Freyr <god> [= Óðinn > = Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)] in the east; the mighty ruler of men leads a good life.
Fold verr folk-Baldr;
fár má konungr svá;
ǫrn reifir Ôleifr;
es framr Svía gramr.
 
‘The host-Baldr <god> [RULER] defends the land; few kings are able to do so; Óláfr gladdens the eagle; the ruler of the Swedes [= Óláfr] is outstanding.
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