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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr ErfÓl 9I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Erfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar 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. 414.

Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld ÓttarssonErfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar

text and translation

Leitt hykk Leifa brautar
lognôrungum vôru
geirs við gumna stjóra
geigurþing at eiga,
þás fákhlaðendr frœknir
farligs at vin jarla
húfs með hamri þœfðar
hrings skyrtur framm gingu.

Hykk vôru leitt {{{Leifa brautar} log}nôrungum} at eiga {geigurþing geirs} við {stjóra gumna}, þás {frœknir {farligs húfs fák}hlaðendr} gingu framm at {vin jarla} með {skyrtur hrings}, þœfðar hamri.
‘I think it was hateful to possessors of the flame of the road of Leifi <sea-king> [(lit. ‘flame-possessors of the road of Leifi’) SEA > GOLD > MEN] to hold the dangerous meeting of the spear [BATTLE] with the steerer of men [RULER], when bold loaders of the steed of excellent planking [(lit. ‘steed-loaders of planking’) SHIP > SEAFARERS] advanced against the friend of jarls [KING] with shirts of the ring [MAIL-SHIRTS], beaten with the hammer.

notes and context

The Swedes tire of holding out against Óláfr and his men.



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 9: AI, 161, BI, 152, Skald I, 83; SHI 2, 306-7, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 270 (ch. 250), Flat 1860-8, I, 484.


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