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Ólhv Hryn 2II

Lauren Goetting (ed.) 2009, ‘Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 659-60.

Óláfr hvítaskáld ÞórðarsonHrynhenda
123

text and translation

Orð sendi þá jǫfri Þrœnda
afrendr konungr víða lendum;
fólkprúðr keyrði flota breiðan
— flugu borð of haf — stillir norðan.
Fyrðar mæltu á hendr sem harðast
— hófsk ǫnn af því lendum mǫnnum —
— errinn bjó með herskip harri
Hákarlastrǫnd — frǫmum jarli.

Afrendr konungr sendi þá orð {víða lendum jǫfri Þrœnda}; fólkprúðr stillir keyrði breiðan flota norðan; borð flugu of haf. Fyrðar mæltu sem harðast á hendr frǫmum jarli; af því hófsk ǫnn lendum mǫnnum; errinn harri bjó Hákarlastrǫnd með herskip.
 
‘The valiant king then sent word to the wide-landed prince of the Þrœndir [= Skúli]; the battle-brave ruler led a great fleet from the north; the ship-planks flew across the sea. People spoke very harshly against the excellent jarl; from this there arose trouble for the district chieftains; the bold lord filled Hákarlastrǫnd with warships.

notes and context

In 1233, Hákon invited Jarl Skúli Bárðarson to Bergen in order to discuss tensions that had arisen between their followers.  Skúli sailed from Trondheim to Bergen with his fleet, but when he arrived at the landing docks, he found them already crowded by the king’s ships.  He was forced to moor his fleet elsewhere, where it was badly damaged by storms.

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editions and texts

Skj: Óláfr Þórðarson hvítaskáld, 2. Et hrynhent digt 2: AII, 93, BII, 105, Skald II, 56; E 1916, 562, F 1871, 482, Hák 1910-86, 475, Hák 1977-82, 89, Flat 1860-8, III, 107.

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