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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Ól 1I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason 1’ 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. 1063.

Anonymous PoemsPoem about Óláfr Tryggvason

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Giekk hjörviður Hlakkar
hríðar djarfr með karfa
hendi alt hjöltum
handsax og benlaxa
— öld lofar öðling mildan
oft — en þrjú * á lofti.

{Hjörviður}, djarfr {hríðar Hlakkar}, giekk með karfa ... hendi alt hjöltum, handsax og {benlaxa}, en þrjú * á lofti; öld lofar oft mildan öðling.
‘The sword-tree [WARRIOR], valiant in the storm of Hlǫkk <valkyrie> [BATTLE], went along the ship ... caught everything by the hilt, short-sword and wound-salmon [SWORDS], though three [were] aloft; people often praise the generous prince.

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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: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], A. 9. Af et digt om Olaf Tryggvason 1: AII, 462, BII, 494, Skald II, 270; Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 115-16, ÓT 1958-2000, III, xxxiii, AM 61 1982, 23-4.


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