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Sigv ErfÓl 4I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 4’ 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. 670.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga
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text and translation

Goll buðu opt, þeirs ollu
úthlaupum, gram kaupask
rautt, en ræsir neitti,
ríklunduðum undan.
Skǫr bað hann með hjǫrvi
— herland skal svá verja —
— ráns biðu rekkar sýna
refsing — firum efsa.

Buðu, þeirs ollu úthlaupum, opt ríklunduðum gram rautt goll kaupask undan, en ræsir neitti. Hann bað efsa skǫr firum með hjǫrvi; svá skal verja herland; rekkar biðu sýna refsing ráns.
 
‘Those who carried out plundering expeditions often offered the mighty-spirited prince red gold to buy themselves off, but the ruler refused. He ordered men’s hair to be cut with the sword; that is how to defend the people’s land; the warriors suffered visible punishment for their robbery.

notes and context

King Óláfr is said to have put an end to the practice whereby the sons of Norwegian aristocrats and powerful farmers went raiding, both within Norway and abroad. He brings security to the land and curtails their robbery by punishing them with death or maiming; neither pleas nor bribes deflect him.

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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.

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Skj: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 12. Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 4: AI, 257-8, BI, 240, Skald I, 124, NN §§658, 1871, 1936B; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 421, IV, 159, ÍF 27, 329, Hkr 1991, II, 493 (ÓHHkr ch. 181); ÓH 1941, I, 501 (ch. 177), Flat 1860-8, II, 316; Jón Skaptason 1983, 159, 302.

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