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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Hfl 6I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Óttarr svarti, Hǫfuðlausn 6’ 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. 748.

Óttarr svartiHǫfuðlausn

text and translation

Drótt vas drjúgligr ótti,
dolglinns, at fǫr þinni,
svanbræðir; namt síðan
Svíþjóðar nes rjóða.

{{{Dolglinns} svan}bræðir}, vas drjúgligr ótti drótt at fǫr þinni; síðan namt rjóða nes Svíþjóðar.
‘Feeder of the swan of the battle-serpent [(lit. ‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’) SWORD > RAVEN/EAGLE > WARRIOR], there was great terror for the people from your journey; afterwards you began to redden the headland(s) of Sweden.

notes and context

The stanza is quoted after st. 4, either immediately, or with a brief prose link.

For a battle fought by Óláfr at Sótasker, assumed to be in Sweden, see Sigv Víkv 1.



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 5: AI, 291, BI, 269, Skald I, 138; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 7, IV, 106, ÍF 27, 6 (ÓHHkr ch. 5); ÓH 1941, I, 36 (ch. 21), Flat 1860-8, II, 15.


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