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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Knútdr 3I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Óttarr svarti, Knútsdrápa 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. 771.

Óttarr svartiKnútsdrápa

text and translation

Herskjǫld bart ok helduð,
hilmir, ríkr af slíku;
hykkat, þengill, þekkðusk
þik kyrrsetu mikla.
Ætt drap Jóta dróttinn
Játgeirs í fǫr þeiri;
þveit rakt — þrár est heitinn —
þeim, stillis konr, illan.

Bart herskjǫld, hilmir, ok helduð, ríkr af slíku; hykkat, þengill, þik þekkðusk mikla kyrrsetu. {Dróttinn Jóta} drap {ætt Játgeirs} í þeiri fǫr; {konr stillis}, rakt þeim illan þveit; est heitinn þrár.
‘You carried the war-shield, prince, and prevailed, powerful by such means; I do not think, lord, you cared much for sitting in peace. The lord of the Jótar [DANISH KING = Knútr] struck the kindred of Eadgar [THE ENGLISH] on that expedition; ruler’s son [= Knútr], you dealt them a harsh blow; you are called defiant.

notes and context

Knútr lands in England and begins ravaging.



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 3: AI, 297, BI, 273, Skald I, 140, NN §733; Fms 11, 187-8, Fms 12, 247-8, SHI 11, 176, Knýtl 1919-25, 37, ÍF 35, 104 (ch. 8).


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