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Ótt Hfl 3I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Óttarr svarti, Hǫfuðlausn 3’ 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. 745.

Óttarr svartiHǫfuðlausn
234

text and translation

Ungr hratt á vit vengis,
vígrakkr konungr, blakki
(þú hefr dýrum þrek) dreyra
Danmarkar (þik vanðan).
Varð nýtligust norðan
— núst ríkr af hvǫt slíkri —
(frák til þess, es fóruð,)
fǫr þín, konungr (gǫrva).

Vígrakkr konungr, hratt ungr {blakki {dreyra vengis}} á vit Danmarkar; þú hefr vanðan þik dýrum þrek. Konungr, fǫr þín norðan varð nýtligust; frák gǫrva til þess, es fóruð; núst ríkr af slíkri hvǫt.
 
‘Battle-bold king, you launched [when] young the steed of the blood of the land [SEA > SHIP] towards Denmark; you have accustomed yourself to splendid valour. King, your journey from the north became most successful; I heard clearly about this, that you travelled; now you are powerful on account of such boldness.

notes and context

When the twelve-year-old Óláfr first goes to sea as a viking, he and his men sail east along the coast and to Denmark.

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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 3: AI, 290, BI, 268, Skald I, 137-8, NN §§724, 2486A; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 6, IV, 105, ÍF 27, 5 (ÓHHkr ch. 4); ÓH 1941, I, 35 (ch. 21), Flat 1860-8, II, 15.

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