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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 7I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 7’ 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. 673.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga

text and translation

Þórð frák þat sinn herða
— þreifsk sókn — með Ôleifi
(góð fóru þar) geirum
gǫrt víg (saman hjǫrtu).
Stǫng bar hôtt fyr Hringa
hjaldrmóðum gram bróðir
— fullt vann — fagrla gyllta
framlundaðr Ǫgmundar.

Frák Þórð þat sinn herða gǫrt víg geirum með Ôleifi; sókn þreifsk; góð hjǫrtu fóru þar saman. {Framlundaðr bróðir Ǫgmundar} bar hôtt fagrla gyllta stǫng fyr {hjaldrmóðum gram Hringa}; vann fullt.
‘I heard that Þórðr on that occasion intensified the full-scale battle with spears alongside Óláfr; the attack flourished; noble hearts advanced there together. The eager-spirited brother of Ǫgmundr [= Þórðr] carried high the beautifully gilded standard-pole before the battle-bold prince of the Hringar [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr]; he exerted himself to the utmost.

notes and context

At the battle of Stiklastaðir (Stiklestad), it is said that King Óláfr’s standard-bearer was Þórðr Fólason.

For the introduction to the stanza in ÓH-Hkr, see Introduction to this poem. This is the first of several stanzas in ErfÓl commemorating Óláfr’s fatal last battle at Stiklastaðir (Stiklestad) in 1030; for the battle and other skaldic poetry associated with it, see further ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.



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 7: AI, 258-9, BI, 240, Skald I, 124; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 469, IV, 165-6, ÍF 27, 366-7, Hkr 1991, II, 520 (ÓHHkr ch. 212); ÓH 1941, I, 553 (ch. 209), Flat 1860-8, II, 346; Jón Skaptason 1983, 162, 303.


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