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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Fragment — HSt FragI


Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Hallar-Steinn, Fragment’ 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. 939.


Tolf vas elds at aldri
ýsetrs hati vetra,
hraustr þás herskip glæsti
Hǫrða vinr ór Gǫrðum.
Hlóðu Hamðis klæðum
hjǫrva gnýs ok skýjum
hilmis menn sem hjǫlmum
hlýrvigg, en mól stýri.
‘The hater of the fire of the yew-bow’s rest [ARM/HAND > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN = Óláfr] was twelve winters in age when the bold friend of the Hǫrðar [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] made his warships splendid on leaving Russia. The ruler’s men loaded the bows-steed [SHIP] with the garments of Hamðir <legendary hero> [ARMOUR] and clouds of the din of swords [BATTLE > SHIELDS] and likewise helmets, and the rudder pounded.

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