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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 12I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 12’ 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. 679.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga

text and translation

Mest frák merkjum næstan
mínn dróttin framm sínum
— stǫng óð fyr gram — gingu
— gnógr styrr vas þar — fyrri.

Frák dróttin mínn gingu mest framm fyrri, næstan merkjum sínum; stǫng óð fyr gram; vas gnógr styrr þar.
‘I heard that my lord went most forcefully in front, next to his banners; the standard-pole advanced before the prince; there was plentiful fighting there.

notes and context

Many of the troops in front of Óláfr are killed, and he asks his standard-bearer Þórðr Fólason to press forward with the standard, following it closely with his chosen warriors.

The content of this helmingr makes it likely that it was in fact the second helmingr of st. 11, even though they are separated in the prose 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: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 12. Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 12: AI, 260, BI, 241-2, Skald I, 125, NN §1115; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 489, IV, 167, ÍF 27, 380, Hkr 1991, II, 530 (ÓHHkr ch. 226); ÓH 1941, I, 570 (ch. 224), Flat 1860-8, II, 355; Jón Skaptason 1983, 167.


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