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Ólhv Hryn 4II

Lauren Goetting (ed.) 2009, ‘Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 4’ 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. 661-2.

Óláfr hvítaskáld ÞórðarsonHrynhenda
345

text and translation

Snœfrir drógu enn meðal jǫfra
— aldir kóðu varla haldask
ǫðlings heit við allvald mætan —
árskapðan grun vinir hvárskis.
Minnigr bjoggi siklingr sunnan
sunda vigg, en jarl stǫkk undan
— ýtar brugðusk jǫfri nýtum —
austr of fjall, með drengi snjalla.

Snœfrir vinir hvárskis drógu enn árskapðan grun meðal jǫfra; aldir kóðu heit ǫðlings varla haldask við mætan allvald. Minnigr siklingr bjoggi {vigg sunda} sunnan með snjalla drengi, en jarl stǫkk undan austr of fjall; ýtar brugðusk nýtum jǫfri.
 
‘Skilful friends of neither [prince] again aroused the long-standing mistrust between the princes; people said the chieftain’s promises to the excellent mighty ruler were hardly kept. The mindful king steered steeds of the seas [SHIPS] from the south with brave men, and the jarl fled east across the mountains; men abandoned the able prince.

notes and context

In 1236 Hákon sailed with his fleet from Bergen to Trondheim to meet with Skúli and reconcile their differences. Not daring to meet him there, Skúli fled south over the mountains with his men, many of whom deserted him.

See also Anon (Hák) 3. — [2-4] aldir kóðu heit ǫðlings varla haldask við mætan allvald ‘people said the chieftain’s promises to the excellent mighty ruler were hardly kept’: I.e. the pledges Skúli made to Hákon at the assembly in Bergen in 1233 (see st. 3/7 above).

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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: Óláfr Þórðarson hvítaskáld, 2. Et hrynhent digt 4: AII, 94, BII, 105-6, Skald II, 56, NN §1344; E 1916, 566, F 1871, 485, Hák 1910-86, 484, Hák 1977-82, 93, Flat 1860-8, III, 112.

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