Judith Jesch 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Sigvatr Þórðarson, Óláfsdrápa’ 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. 614.
Sigvatr’s helmingr about King Óláfr Haraldsson’s law-making (Sigv Óldr) may have come from a longer poem of which no further stanzas survive. As Finnur Jónsson points out (LH I, 587), it is likely that Sigvatr composed at least one poem in praise of Óláfr Haraldsson in the period 1017-28, and the relative peace of these years could have been reflected in the content, and the subsequent neglect of the poem. Fidjestøl (1982, 122) has also drawn attention to a passage in Flat (1860-8, II, 226) which refers to the many poems that skalds have composed about the life and law-making (lagastjórn) of Óláfr; Sigvatr is among the skalds named. The direct address to Óláfr in ll. 1, 3, 4 might suggest the poem was a drápa, hence its traditional title Óláfsdrápa ‘Drápa about Óláfr’.
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