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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr Óldr 4I

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Óláfsdrápa 4’ 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. 395.

Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld ÓttarssonÓláfsdrápa

text and translation

Hilmir lét at Holmi
hræskóð roðin blóði
— hvat of dylði þess hǫlðar? —
hǫrð ok austr í Gǫrðum.
Rógs brá rekka lægir
ríkr Valkera líki;
herstefnir lét hrǫfnum
hold Flæmingja goldit.

Hilmir lét {hǫrð hræskóð} roðin blóði at Holmi ok austr í Gǫrðum; hvat of dylði þess hǫlðar? {Ríkr lægir {rógs rekka} brá líki Valkera; {herstefnir} lét hold Flæmingja goldit hrǫfnum.
‘The prince caused hard corpse-harmers [SWORDS] to be reddened in blood at Hólmr and east in Russia; why should men conceal that? The powerful subduer of the strife of men [JUST RULER] spoiled the bodies of the Valkerar; the army-commander [RULER] caused the flesh of the Flemings to be doled out to ravens.

notes and context

See Introduction.

The pairing of helmingar follows Fsk and 310 (see Introduction); in Hkr and ÓT, the two helmingar stand alone and widely separated in the narrative.



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: Hallfrøðr Óttarsson vandræðaskáld, 2. Óláfsdrápa 2, 7: AI, 157-8, BI, 149, Skald I, 81; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 295, 306-7, IV, 79-80, 85, ÍF 26, 253, 264, Hkr 1991, 170, 177 (ÓTHkr ch. 22, 29), F 1871, 110, 114; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 111, 148 (chs 58, 73), Flat 1860-8, I, 91, 115; Fsk 1902-3, 110 (ch. 21), ÍF 29, 143 (ch. 23); ÓTOdd 1932, 248. 


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