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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Ól 2I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason 2’ 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. 1064.

Anonymous PoemsPoem about Óláfr Tryggvason

Ungur hefir orð
Kendi þeingill Þrænda
þreksnjallr, og drap alla,
mildr, þá er heiðni hieldu,
hvárttveggja trú seggjum.

Ungur ... hefir orð ... {Þreksnjallr, mildr þeingill Þrænda} kendi hvárttveggja trú seggjum, og drap alla, þá er hieldu heiðni.

Young ... has become ... {The mightily wise, generous prince of the Þrœndir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] both taught the faith to men and killed all those who held to heathendom.

Mss: 61(69v) (ÓT)

Editions: Skj AII, 462, Skj BII, 494, Skald II, 270; Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 115, ÓT 1958-2000, III, xxxiii, AM 61 1982, 23-4.

Notes: [1]: The line is unmetrical, since hefir cannot carry a lift or stress and internal rhyme is lacking. — [6] og drap alla ‘and killed all’: Finnur Jónsson signalled drap as illegible in the main text of Skj A and conjectured the word to be byggð ‘settlement(s)’ in Skj B, but Ólafur’s reading drap is supported by Finnur’s transcription as ‘d2p(?)’ (Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 115; cf. apparatus to Skj A).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj A = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15a. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. A: Tekst efter håndskrifterne. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1967. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. AM 61 1982 = Ólafur Halldórsson, ed. 1982. The Great Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and Olaf the Saint: AM 61 fol. EIM 14. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  6. ÓT 1958-2000 = Ólafur Halldórsson, ed. 1958-2000. Saga Óláfs Tryggvasonar en mesta. 3 vols. EA A 1-3. Copenhagen: Munksgaard (Reitzel).
  7. Finnur Jónsson. 1884-91. ‘5. Nogle skjaldevers om Olaf Tryggvessen, marginalier fra AM 61, fol.’. In Kålund et al. 1884-91, 114-26.

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