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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 20I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 20’ 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. 689.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga

text and translation

Áðr vitu eigi meiðar
ógnar skers né hersa
— þjóð réð þengils dauða —
þann styrk búandmanna,
es slíkan gram sóknum
sárelds viðir felldi
— mǫrg lá dýr í dreyra
drótt — , sem Ôleifr þótti.

{Meiðar {skers ógnar}} vitu eigi áðr þann styrk búandmanna né hersa — þjóð réð dauða þengils —, es {viðir {sárelds}} felldi sóknum slíkan gram, sem Ôleifr þótti; mǫrg dýr drótt lá í dreyra.
‘The trees of the skerry of battle [SHIELD > WARRIORS] did not previously recognise that strength of the farmers nor of the hersar — the people caused the death of the prince — by which the trees of the wound-fire [SWORD > WARRIORS] could fell in the onslaught such a ruler as Óláfr was thought to be; many a noble retinue lay [dead] in the gore.

notes and context

As for st. 19.



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 20: AI, 262, BI, 243-4, Skald I, 126; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 505, IV, 173, ÍF 27, 394, Hkr 1991, II, 540 (ÓHHkr ch. 235); ÓH 1941, I, 587 (ch. 235), Flat 1860-8, II, 366; Jón Skaptason 1983, 175, 308.


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