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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 19I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 19’ 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. 687.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga

text and translation

Hǫrðs, síz hermenn firrðu
— hlíf raufsk fyr gram — lífi,
auðn at Engla stríði
ómjúk, konung sjúkan.
Ǫr brá Ôleifs fjǫrvi
ǫld, þars herr klauf skjǫldu;
folks odda gekk fylkir
fund, en Dagr helt undan.

Hǫrð, ómjúk auðn [e]s at {stríði Engla}, síz hermenn firrðu sjúkan konung lífi; hlíf raufsk fyr gram. Ǫr ǫld brá fjǫrvi Ôleifs, þars herr klauf skjǫldu; fylkir folks gekk {fund odda}, en Dagr helt undan.
‘There is a hard, unyielding desolation after [the death of] the opponent of the English [= Óláfr], since warriors removed the wounded king from life; the shield was sundered in front of the ruler. The bold troop destroyed the life of Óláfr, where the army clove shields; the leader of the army advanced into the meeting of points [BATTLE], but Dagr headed away.

notes and context

Stanzas 19 and 20 follow on from some comments on the date and time of Óláfr’s death and are introduced as Sigvatr’s words about the close of the battle.



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 19: AI, 262, BI, 243, Skald I, 126, NN §§1117, 2479, 2480E; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 504, IV, 173, ÍF 27, 393-4, Hkr 1991, II, 540 (ÓHHkr ch. 235); ÓH 1941, I, 586 (ch. 235), Flat 1860-8, II, 366; Jón Skaptason 1983, 174, 307-8.


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