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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 22I

Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 22’ 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. 922.


text and translation

Randsíks remmilauka
rógsvellir bað fella
— styrr þreifsk — stœrri aska
strangr á Orm inn langa.
Ættstórr ella mætti
Eirekr í dyn geira
oflinn aldri vinna.
Óláfr und veg sólar.

{Strangr rógsvellir} bað {remmilauka {randsíks}} fella stœrri aska á Orm inn langa; styrr þreifsk. Ella mætti ættstórr Eirekr aldri vinna oflinn í {dyn geira}. Óláfr und {veg sólar} …
‘The tough strife-sweller [WARRIOR = Eiríkr] ordered the forceful masts of the shield-whitefish [SWORD > WARRIORS] to make larger ash-timbers fall onto Ormr inn langi (‘the Long Serpent’); battle flourished. Otherwise, the high-born Eiríkr would never have been able to defeat the mighty snake in the din of spears [BATTLE]. Óláfr under the path of the sun [SKY] …

notes and context

Eiríkr jarl has his men hoist up (vinda upp) great timbers on his ship Barði and throw them onto (fella á) Ormr inn langi; it is said that the ship would never have been overcome except for this ploy suggested by Þorkell inn hávi.

[8]: For this line of the refrain, see Note to st. 9/8.



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 22: AI, 549, BI, 530-1, Skald I, 258, NN §3121; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 283 (ch. 255), Flat 1860-8, I, 491; SHI 3, 258-61, CPB II, 298, Wisén 1886-9, I, 48-9, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 259-62.


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