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HSt Rst 9I

Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 9’ 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. 906.

Hallar-SteinnRekstefja
8910

text and translation

Fémildr fylkir vildi
firna mǫrg ok hǫrga
blóthús brenna láta;
bað heiðin goð meiða.
Siðvandr síðan kenndi
sannhróðigr trú góða
herlundr hǫlða kindum.
Hann vas ríkstr konungmanna.

Fémildr fylkir vildi láta brenna firna mǫrg hǫrga ok blóthús; bað meiða heiðin goð. {Siðvandr, sannhróðigr herlundr} kenndi síðan góða trú kindum hǫlða. Hann vas ríkstr konungmanna …
 
‘The generous ruler wanted to have very many temples and sacrificial buildings burned; he ordered the heathen gods to be harmed. The devout, truly famous war-tree [WARRIOR = Óláfr] then taught the good faith to the offspring of men. He was the mightiest of royal men …

notes and context

Óláfr Christianizes the people of Norway with a firm hand, burning down heathen temples, destroying sacrificial sites and replacing them with churches and priests.

Óláfr’s promulgation of Christianity in Norway is also the subject of Anon Óldr 9-10. — [1-4]: For Óláfr as an enemy of heathen shrines, see also Hfr Óldr 1.

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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: Hallar-Steinn, 1. Rekstefja 9: AI, 545, BI, 527, Skald I, 256, NN §§1795, 2316C, 2990I; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 308 (ch. 142), Flat 1860-8, I, 285; SHI 3, 248-51, CPB II, 296-7, Wisén 1886-9, I, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 212-18.

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