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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Óldr 6III

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2017, ‘Óttarr svarti, Óláfsdrápa sœnska 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 340.

Óttarr svartiÓláfsdrápa sœnska

text and translation

Fold verr folk-Baldr;
fár má konungr svá;
ǫrn reifir Ôleifr;
es framr Svía gramr.

{Folk-Baldr} verr fold; fár konungr má svá; Ôleifr reifir ǫrn; {gramr Svía} es framr.
‘The host-Baldr <god> [RULER] defends the land; few kings are able to do so; Óláfr gladdens the eagle; the ruler of the Swedes [= Óláfr] is outstanding.

notes and context

This stanza is quoted in Skm to illustrate the use of fold as a heiti for ‘land’.



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, 1. Óláfsdrápa sœnska 6: AI, 290, BI, 267, Skald I, 137; SnE 1848-87, I, 472-3, II, 448, 592, III, 97, SnE 1931, 167, SnE 1998, I, 85.


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