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Flokkr about Óláfr helgi — Bersi ÓlflI

Bersi Skáld-Torfuson

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Bersi Skáld-Torfuson, Flokkr about Óláfr helgi’ 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. 790.

 

The three extant stanzas of the flokkr (Bersi Ólfl) are all preserved in Snorri Sturluson’s Óláfs saga helga in both the separate (ÓH) and Heimskringla (ÓHHkr) versions (jointly designated ÓH-Hkr below). It is possible that conventional praise of Óláfr was contained in stanzas now lost, but the surviving ones instead constitute the reluctant utterance of one who fought with Sveinn jarl Hákonarson at Nesjar, c. 1016, and was captured by Óláfr Haraldsson some time after; see Context to st. 1 for Snorri’s account of the circumstances, and for the battle see Sigvatr’s Nesjavísur (Sigv Nesv). The poem is dated c. 1020 in Skj. The choice of main ms. is, as often, difficult, and Holm2 being both good candidates and having very similar texts. Although Holm2 might be given priority, as a vellum ms. rather than a paper transcript, and a representative of the prior work ÓH, the readings of across the three stanzas are slightly better in the light of the whole paradosis; see below for mss used in this edition.

References

  1. Internal references
  2. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  3. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘The Separate Saga of S. Óláfr / Óláfs saga helga in sérstaka (ÓH)’ 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, pp. clxxvi-clxxix.
  4. Not published: do not cite (ÓHHkrI)
  5. Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Sigvatr Þórðarson, Nesjavísur’ 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. 555.
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