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Ótt Knútdr 1I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Óttarr svarti, Knútsdrápa 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. 769.

Óttarr svartiKnútsdrápa
12

text and translation

Hratt lítt gamall, lýtir
lǫgreiðar, framm skeiðum;
fórat fylkir œri,
folksveimuðr, þér heiman.
Hilmir, bjótt ok hættir
harðbrynjuð skip kynjum;
reiðr hafðir þú rauðar
randir, Knútr, fyr landi.

{Lýtir {lǫgreiðar}}, hratt skeiðum framm, lítt gamall; {folksveimuðr}, fylkir œri þér fórat heiman. Hilmir, bjótt harðbrynjuð skip ok hættir kynjum; reiðr hafðir þú, Knútr, rauðar randir fyr landi.
 
‘Destroyer of the sea-chariot [SHIP > SEAFARER], you launched ships forward at no great age; army-traveller [WARRIOR], no ruler younger than you went from home. Prince, you made ready hard-armoured ships and were wondrously daring; in your anger, Knútr, you raised [lit. had] red shields before the land.

notes and context

The stanza follows the Knýtl account of Knútr’s gathering of his army to attack England.

The introduction in Knýtl specifies the title of the poem as Knútsdrápa.

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sources

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, 3. Knútsdrápa 1: AI, 296, BI, 272-3, Skald I, 140, NN §2011; Fms 11, 186, Fms 12, 247, SHI 11, 174-5, Knýtl 1919-25, 35, ÍF 35, 101-2 (ch. 8).

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