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Sigv ErfÓl 9I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 9’ 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. 676.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga
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text and translation

Olmr erumk harmr, sás hilmir
hafði; golli vafðan
jǫfurr kreisti sá austan
aflfátt meðalkafla.
Gagn fengu því þegnar,
þeir at hôlfu fleiri
— hvǫtuð tælði þat hildar —
— hvôrungi frýk — vôru.

Harmr, sás hilmir hafði, erumk olmr; sá jǫfurr kreisti meðalkafla, vafðan golli, aflfátt austan. Þegnar fengu gagn því, at þeir vôru hôlfu fleiri; þat tælði {hvǫtuð hildar}; frýk hvôrungi.
 
‘The grief that the ruler had rages at me; that prince clenched the sword-grip, wound about with gold, with scant support from the east. The subjects won victory because they were twice as many; that ensnared the inciter of battle [WARRIOR = Óláfr]; I fault neither side.

notes and context

King Óláfr’s army and that of the farmers and magnates approach each other at Stiklastaðir (Stiklestad). Óláfr and his troop, awaiting the support of Dagr Hringsson (a kinsman of Óláfr, ÍF 27, 348-9) and his troop, finally catch sight of their approach. It is said that the opposing farmers’ army had ‘a hundred hundreds’ of men.

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editions and texts

Skj: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 12. Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 9: AI, 259, BI, 241, Skald I, 125; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 485, IV, 166, ÍF 27, 377, Hkr 1991, II, 528 (ÓHHkr ch. 224); ÓH 1941, I, 567 (ch. 222), Flat 1860-8, II, 352; Jón Skaptason 1983, 164, 303.

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