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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Hfl 18I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Óttarr svarti, Hǫfuðlausn 18’ 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. 763.

Óttarr svartiHǫfuðlausn

text and translation

Braut hafið, bǫðvar þreytir,
branda rjóðr, ór landi
— meir fannsk þinn an þeira
þrekr — dǫglinga rekna.
Stǫkk, sem þjóð of þekkir,
þér hverr konungr ferri;
heptuð ér en eptir
orðreyr, þess’s sat norðast.

{Þreytir bǫðvar}, {rjóðr branda}, hafið rekna dǫglinga braut ór landi; þrekr þinn fannsk meir an þeira. Hverr konungr stǫkk ferri þér, sem þjóð of þekkir; en eptir heptuð ér {orðreyr}, þess’s sat norðast.
‘Wager of battle [WARRIOR], reddener of swords [WARRIOR], you have driven the rulers away from the land; your courage was more in evidence than theirs. Each king fled far from you, as the people know; afterwards you restrained the word-reed [TONGUE] of the one who dwelt furthest north.

notes and context

See Context to st. 17 above.



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 17: AI, 295, BI, 271-2, Skald I, 139, NN §§620, 731, 732, 1417D, 1853A; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 130-1, IV, 129, ÍF 27, 106 (ÓHHkr ch. 75); ÓH 1941, I, 155 (ch. 58), Flat 1860-8, II, 67.


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