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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr ErfÓl 7I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Erfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar 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. 411.

Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld ÓttarssonErfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar

text and translation

Varð of Vinða myrði
vígský*s, en þat lýsik,
ramr und randar himni
rymr; knôttu spjǫr glymja.
Hirðir stózk við harðan
hnitvegg með fjǫl seggja
víðis veltireiðar
varghollr þrimu marga.

{Rymr {vígský*s}} varð ramr of {myrði Vinða} und {himni randar}, en lýsik þat; spjǫr knôttu glymja. {Varghollr hirðir {veltireiðar víðis}} stóðsk marga þrimu við {harðan hnitvegg} með fjǫl seggja.
‘Roaring of the war-cloud [SHIELD > BATTLE] became mighty around the murderer of Wends [?= Óláfr] under the heaven of the rim [SHIELD], and I proclaim that; spears resounded. The wolf-gracious guardian of the rolling wagon of the ocean [SHIP > SEAFARER] withstood many an onslaught by the hard clash-wall [SHIELD], with a multitude of men.

notes and context

Óláfr and his men have repelled the Danish attack, and now it is the turn of the Swedes.

Mss 54 and Bb attribute this stanza to Hallar-Steinn (cf. Note to st. 2 [All]), but it cannot be from the stefjabálkr ‘refain section’ of his Rekstefja ‘Poem with split refrains’ (HSt Rst), since it lacks the stef ‘refrain’ that gives that poem its name, and the subject-matter precludes it from belonging to the upphaf ‘beginning’ or slœmr ‘conclusion’ of Rst.



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 7: AI, 160-1, BI, 151-2, Skald I, 82; SHI 2, 304, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 268-9 (ch. 250), Flat 1860-8, I, 484.


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