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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 10I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 10’ 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. 677.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga

text and translation

Vítt vas fold und fótum
— friðbann vas þar — mǫnnum;
þá réð í bǫð bráða
brynjat folk at dynja,
þás árliga ærir
alms með bjarta hjalma
— mikill varð á stað Stiklar
stálgustr — ofan þustu.

Vítt vas fold und fótum mǫnnum; friðbann vas þar; þá réð brynjat folk at dynja í bráða bǫð, þás {ærir alms} þustu ofan árliga með bjarta hjalma; varð {mikill stálgustr} á Stiklarstað.
‘Far and wide the ground was under the feet of men; there was a ban on peace there; then the mail-shirted army roared into violent battle, when the envoys of the elm-bow [WARRIORS] rushed down quickly with bright helmets; a great steel-gust [BATTLE] came about at Stiklestad.

notes and context

At the time of the solar eclipse (see st. 15), King Óláfr’s troop attack their opponents so fiercely that they nearly break their formation and many are ready to flee, but the lendir menn ‘landed men’ and their followers stand fast.



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: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 12. Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 10: AI, 259-60, BI, 241, Skald I, 125; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 488, IV, 167, ÍF 27, 379, Hkr 1991, II, 529 (ÓHHkr ch. 226); ÓH 1941, I, 569 (ch. 224), Flat 1860-8, II, 354; Jón Skaptason 1983, 165, 304.


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