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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 2I

Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 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. 898.


text and translation

Vegmildr víðrar foldar
vǫrðr þá fóstr í Gǫrðum;
vellbjóðr vísar dáðir
vann, sás hæst gekk manna.
Blikrunnr brigða miklum
brátt réð * þeim, es átti,
allprútt éla Þróttar
Óláfr skipa stóli.

{Vegmildr vǫrðr víðrar foldar} þá fóstr í Gǫrðum; {vellbjóðr}, sás gekk hæst manna, vann vísar dáðir. {{{Þróttar éla} blik}runnr}, Óláfr, réð * brátt, allprútt, þeim brigða miklum stóli skipa, es átti.
‘The honour-generous guardian of vast territory [RULER = Óláfr] was fostered in Russia; the gold-offerer [GENEROUS MAN], who was the greatest of men, performed renowned deeds. The tree of the gleam of the storms of Þróttr <= Óðinn> [(lit. ‘gleam-tree of the storms of Þróttr’) BATTLES > SWORD > WARRIOR], Óláfr, soon commanded most excellently the extremely large fleet of ships which he owned.

notes and context

In ÓT, Óláfr decides to leave Garðar (Russia) and go back to Norway. The stanza is cited for its account of Óláfr’s upbringing in Garðar. 

[5]: This odd line, like several more in Rst, has aðalhending instead of skothending; see Introduction.



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: Hallar-Steinn, 1. Rekstefja 2: AI, 544, BI, 525, Skald I, 255, NN §§1168-9; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 110 (ch. 58), Flat 1860-8, I, 91; SHI 3, 244-5, CPB II, 295-6, Wisén 1886-9, I, 46, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 191-3. 


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