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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólhv Hryn 5II

Lauren Goetting (ed.) 2009, ‘Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 5’ 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. 662-3.

Óláfr hvítaskáld ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Snjallir fóru mága í millum
menn; seldusk þeir gísla tvenna;
sýnni tók þá sætt, es funnusk
snarir bragningar, herr at magna.
Nafnbœtr jók, sás Nóregs gætir,
niðjum prýddr, ok sikling skrýddi
bjǫrtu heiti bǫðvarfljótan,
blíðs hertoga, gjǫfum fríðum.

Snjallir menn fóru í millum mága; þeir seldusk tvenna gísla; herr tók þá at magna sýnni sætt, es snarir bragningar funnusk. Jók, sás gætir Nóregs, prýddr niðjum, nafnbœtr blíðs hertoga bjǫrtu heiti, ok skrýddi bǫðvarfljótan sikling fríðum gjǫfum.
‘Good men mediated between the relatives; they exchanged two hostages; people then set about to ensure a secure reconciliation when the brave leaders met. He who protects Norway, of famous descent, increased the rank of the well-disposed duke with an illustrious title and provided the battle-swift prince with beautiful gifts.

notes and context

In the spring of 1237, Hákon conferred the title of hertogi ‘duke’, which no Norwegian had previously held, on Skúli at Øretinget in Trondheim.



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 5: AII, 94, BII, 106, Skald II, 56, NN §1345; E 1916, 571, F 1871, 489, Hák 1910-86, 494-5, Hák 1977-82, 98, Flat 1860-8, III, 117.


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