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Ótt Hfl 15I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Óttarr svarti, Hǫfuðlausn 15’ 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. 760.

Óttarr svartiHǫfuðlausn
141516

text and translation

Eigi hrædduzk ægi;
ér fóruð sæ stóran;
allvaldr of getr aldar
engi nýtri drengi.
Opt varð fars, en forsi
flaust hratt af sér brǫttum,
neytt, áðr Nóreg beittuð,
niðjungr Haralds, miðjan.

Eigi hrædduzk ægi; ér fóruð stóran sæ; {engi allvaldr aldar} of getr nýtri drengi. Fars varð opt neytt, en flaust hratt af sér brǫttum forsi, áðr, {niðjungr Haralds}, beittuð miðjan Nóreg.
 
‘You were not afraid of the ocean; you travelled across a great sea; no mighty ruler of men [RULER] gains abler warriors. The ship was often tested, and the vessel threw from itself the steep cataract, before, descendant of Haraldr [= Óláfr], you beat to the middle of Norway.

notes and context

The stanza follows st. 14 (see Context).

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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: Óttarr svarti, 2. Hǫfuðlausn 14: AI, 294, BI, 271, Skald I, 139, NN §620; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 36-7, IV, 117, ÍF 27, 35-6 (ÓHHkr ch. 29); ÓH 1941, I, 57 (ch. 29), Flat 1860-8, II, 31.

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