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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
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Drótt ‘people’

1. drótt (noun f.): troop

notes

[1] drótt ‘for the people’: A f. noun, to be construed here in the dat. and referring to Óláfr’s victims.

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vas ‘there was’

2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

[1] vas (‘var’): varð Holm2, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 325VI, 73aˣ, 78aˣ, Bb, viðr 68, stendr 325V, stendr vítt ok Flat, ‘uit stendr ok’ Tóm

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dolg ‘of the battle’

dolg (noun n.): battle, enemy < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[2] dolglinns: ‘dǫglinnz’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘doglinnz’ 68, Bb, ‘dolg stinz’ 61, dǫglingr 325V, dǫglings Flat, Tóm

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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dolg ‘of the battle’

dolg (noun n.): battle, enemy < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[2] dolglinns: ‘dǫglinnz’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘doglinnz’ 68, Bb, ‘dolg stinz’ 61, dǫglingr 325V, dǫglings Flat, Tóm

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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dolg ‘of the battle’

dolg (noun n.): battle, enemy < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[2] dolglinns: ‘dǫglinnz’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘doglinnz’ 68, Bb, ‘dolg stinz’ 61, dǫglingr 325V, dǫglings Flat, Tóm

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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linns ‘serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[2] dolglinns: ‘dǫglinnz’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘doglinnz’ 68, Bb, ‘dolg stinz’ 61, dǫglingr 325V, dǫglings Flat, Tóm

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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linns ‘serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[2] dolglinns: ‘dǫglinnz’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘doglinnz’ 68, Bb, ‘dolg stinz’ 61, dǫglingr 325V, dǫglings Flat, Tóm

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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linns ‘serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[2] dolglinns: ‘dǫglinnz’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘doglinnz’ 68, Bb, ‘dolg stinz’ 61, dǫglingr 325V, dǫglings Flat, Tóm

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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at ‘from’

3. at (prep.): at, to

[2] at: af Holm2, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 325VI, 73aˣ, 78aˣ, 325V, Flat, Tóm, á 68

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þinni ‘your’

þinn (pron.; °f. þín, n. þitt): your

[2] þinni: so all others, þinn Kˣ

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svan ‘of the swan’

svanr (noun m.; °-s; -ir): swan < svanbræðir (noun m.)

[3] svan‑: ‘san‑’ 325V

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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svan ‘of the swan’

svanr (noun m.; °-s; -ir): swan < svanbræðir (noun m.)

[3] svan‑: ‘san‑’ 325V

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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bræðir ‘Feeder’

bræðir (noun m.): feeder < svanbræðir (noun m.)

[3] ‑bræðir: ‑breiðir J2ˣ, ‑beiðir 61

kennings

Dolglinns svanbræðir,
‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent, → SWORD
the swan of the SWORD → RAVEN/EAGLE
Feeder of the RAVEN/EAGLE → WARRIOR
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namt ‘you began’

1. nema (verb): to take

[3] namt: vannt Bb, Tóm

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síðan ‘afterwards’

síðan (adv.): later, then

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Svíþjóðar ‘of Sweden’

Svíþjóð (noun f.): [Sweden]

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nes ‘the headland(s)’

nes (noun n.; °-s; -, gen. -ja): headland

[4] nes: skip 325V

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rjóða ‘to redden’

rjóða (verb): to redden

[4] rjóða: ‘hrioðia’ Holm2, hrjóða 73aˣ, 61, 325V

notes

[4] rjóða ‘to redden’: The mss show fluctuation between rjóða and hrjóða ‘to strip, clear’, both acceptable verbs in the context. Ms. Kx and several ÓH mss have rjóða, but Skj B (even though using Kx as base ms.) chooses to print hrjóða instead; ÍF 27 prints rjóða; cf. Note to ÞKolb Eirdr 4/8.

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

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