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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr Óldr 1I

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Óláfsdrápa 1’ 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. 392.

Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld ÓttarssonÓláfsdrápa

text and translation

Svá frák hitt, at hôva
hǫrgbrjótr í stað mǫrgum
(opt kom hrafn at heipta)
hlóð valkǫstu (blóði).
Endr lét Jamta kindir
allvaldr í styr falla
(vanðisk hann) ok Vinða
végrimmr (á þat snimma).

Svá frák hitt, at hǫrgbrjótr hlóð hôva valkǫstu í mǫrgum stað; hrafn kom opt at blóði heipta. Allvaldr, végrimmr, lét endr kindir Jamta ok Vinða falla í styr; hann vanðisk á þat snimma.
‘Thus I have learned this, that the shrine-destroyer piled up high corpse-heaps in many a place; the raven often came to the blood of strife. The mighty ruler, fierce against heathen temples, formerly caused the kin of the Jamtr and Wends to fall in the mêlée; he became accustomed to that early.

notes and context

See Introduction.

FskBˣ is used as main ms. for ll. 1-4, which are lacking in Hkr and ÓT, while is used as main ms. for ll. 5-8 since FskBˣ has several small lacunae there, resulting from a large tear at the foot of fol. 32v. The arrangement of helmingar in Fsk and 310 is followed here, as throughout this edn, since that arrangement seems likely to be closer to the original; see Introduction. In Hkr and ÓT, ll. 5-8 form a stanza with st. 2/1-4.



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, 2. Óláfsdrápa 3, 4/1-4: AI, 157, BI, 149, Skald I, 81, NN §473; Fsk 1902-3, 108-9 (ch. 21), ÍF 29, 141-2 (ch. 23); ÓTOdd 1932, 247; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 298, IV, 80, ÍF 26, 255, Hkr 1991, 171 (ÓTHkr ch. 25), F 1871, 111; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 138 (ch. 70), Flat 1860-8, I, 110.


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