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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Ól 7I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason 7’ 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. 1068.

Anonymous PoemsPoem about Óláfr Tryggvason

text and translation

Giekk að guðvefs skikkju
góður skjöldungr þjóðar;
skinn og skrúði hennar
skemt var alt af salti.
Glaðr tók gramr á klæði

{Góður skjöldungr þjóðar} giekk að skikkju guðvefs; skinn og skrúði hennar var alt skemt af salti. Glaðr gramr tók á klæði ...
‘The good ruler of the people [KING] approached the cloak of sumptuous fabric; its fur and decoration were all spoilt by salt. The cheerful prince picked up the garment ...

notes and context

ÓT and HSt Rst 30 describe how Óláfr miraculously makes Þorkell’s water-damaged cloak better than new, (ÓT only) by laying his hands on it. According to Rst this is the fourth of Óláfr’s miracles. ÓTOdd does not have this episode.


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 7: AII, 463, BII, 495, Skald II, 270, NN §2667; Finnur Jónsson 1884-91, 116, 122, ÓT 1958-2000, III, xxxiv, AM 61 1982, 23-4.


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