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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
567

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.

Mss: (220v) (Hkr); Holm2(5v), J1ˣ(137r), J2ˣ(119r), 325VI(5rb), 73aˣ(16r), 78aˣ(15r), 68(5r), 61(79ra), 325V(7ra), Bb(125rb), Flat(79vb), Tóm(95r) (ÓH)

Readings: [1] vas (‘var’): varð Holm2, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 325VI, 73aˣ, 78aˣ, Bb, viðr 68, stendr 325V, stendr vítt ok Flat, ‘uit stendr ok’ Tóm;    drjúg‑: ‘dryg‑’ Holm2, 325VI, dýr‑ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 325V, Flat, Tóm    [2] dolglinns: ‘dǫglinnz’ J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘doglinnz’ 68, Bb, ‘dolg stinz’ 61, dǫglingr 325V, dǫglings Flat, Tóm;    at: af Holm2, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 325VI, 73aˣ, 78aˣ, 325V, Flat, Tóm, á 68;    þinni: so all others, þinn Kˣ    [3] svan‑: ‘san‑’ 325V;    ‑bræðir: ‑breiðir J2ˣ, ‑beiðir 61;    namt: vannt Bb, Tóm    [4] nes: skip 325V;    rjóða: ‘hrioðia’ Holm2, hrjóða 73aˣ, 61, 325V

Editions: Skj AI, 291, Skj 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.

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

Notes: [All]: For a battle fought by Óláfr at Sótasker, assumed to be in Sweden, see Sigv Víkv 1. — [1] drótt ‘for the people’: A f. noun, to be construed here in the dat. and referring to Óláfr’s victims. — [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.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  5. ÓH 1941 = Johnsen, Oscar Albert and Jón Helgason, eds. 1941. Saga Óláfs konungs hins helga: Den store saga om Olav den hellige efter pergamenthåndskrift i Kungliga biblioteket i Stockholm nr. 2 4to med varianter fra andre håndskrifter. 2 vols. Det norske historiske kildeskriftfond skrifter 53. Oslo: Dybwad.
  6. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  7. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.
  8. Internal references
  9. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘The Separate Saga of S. Óláfr / Óláfs saga helga in sérstaka (ÓH)’ 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, pp. clxxvi-clxxix.
  10. Not published: do not cite (ÓHHkrI)
  11. Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Víkingarvísur 1’ 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. 534.
  12. Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa 4’ 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. 494.
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