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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr ErfÓl 21I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Erfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar 21’ 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. 431.

Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld ÓttarssonErfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar

text and translation

Mundut þess, es þegnar
þróttharðan gram sóttu,
— ferk með lýða líði
landherðar — skǫp verða,
at mundjǫkuls myndi
margdýrr koma stýrir
— geta þykkjat mér gotnar
glíkligs — ór her slíkum.

Skǫp mundut verða þess, es þegnar sóttu þróttharðan gram — ferk með {líði {lýða {landherðar}}} —, at {margdýrr stýrir {mundjǫkuls}} myndi koma ór slíkum her; gotnar þykkjat mér geta glíkligs.
‘Fate would not have come to this, when retainers attacked the mightily tough lord — I deal with ale of the folk of the land-shoulder [ROCK > GIANTS > POETRY] —, that the magnificent controller of hand-icicle [SILVER > MAN] would escape [lit. come out of] such a force; men do not seem to me to talk of a likely thing.

notes and context

All the sources cite this stanza immediately after st. 22, with minimal or no prose 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: Hallfrøðr Óttarsson vandræðaskáld, 3. Óláfsdrápa, erfidrápa 23: AI, 164-5, BI, 155, Skald I, 84, NN §§1086, 2197, 2452; Fsk 1902-3, 133 (ch. 22), ÍF 29, 161-2 (ch. 24); Hkr 1893-1901, I, 456, IV, 102-3, ÍF 26, 369, Hkr 1991, I, 250-1 (ÓHkr ch. 112), F 1871, 166; SHI 3, 9, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 293 (ch. 256).


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