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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 22I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 22’ 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. 691.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga

text and translation

Sumir trúðu á goð gumnar;
grein varð liðs á miðli;
folkorrostur fylkir
framráðr tjogu háði.
Frægr bað hann á hœgri
hǫnd kristit lið standa;
feðr Magnúss biðk fagna
flóttskjǫrrum goð dróttin.

Sumir gumnar trúðu á goð; varð grein á miðli liðs; framráðr fylkir háði tjogu folkorrostur. Frægr bað hann kristit lið standa á hœgri hǫnd; biðk goð dróttin fagna {flóttskjǫrrum feðr Magnúss}.
‘Some men believed in God; there was a division among the troop; the ambitious leader waged twenty major battles. Renowned, he asked the Christian troop to stand at [his] right hand; I pray the Lord God to welcome the flight-shy father of Magnús [= Óláfr].

notes and context

Óláfr is said to have been thirty-five years old when he died, according to Ari Þorgilsson, and to have fought twenty major battles.

[7-8]: Fidjestøl (1982, 189-90) suggests that these two lines, which are relatively independent of the rest of the stanza, may have been the stef of the original poem.



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 22: AI, 263, BI, 244, Skald I, 126, NN §2312; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 523, IV, 176-7, ÍF 27, 410, Hkr 1991, II, 552 (ÓHHkr ch. 246); ÓH 1941, I, 609 (ch. 248), Flat 1860-8, II, 374; Jón Skaptason 1983, 177, 308.


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