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Steinn Óldr 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 373-4.

Steinn HerdísarsonÓláfsdrápa
678

text and translation

Sín óðǫl mun Sveini
sóknstrangr í Kaupangi,
þars heilagr gramr hvílir,
— hanns ríkr jǫfurr — banna.
Ætt sinni mun unna
Ôláfr konungr hôla
(Ulfs þarfat þar arfi)
alls Nóregs (til kalla).

Sóknstrangr í Kaupangi, þars heilagr gramr hvílir, mun banna Sveini óðǫl sín; hanns ríkr jǫfurr. Ôláfr konungr mun hôla unna ætt sinni alls Nóregs; {arfi Ulfs} þarfat kalla til þar.
 
‘The battle-strong one in Trondheim, where the holy ruler rests, will refuse Sveinn his [Óláfr’s] ancestral properties; he is a mighty prince. King Óláfr will certainly grant his kin all Norway; Úlfr’s heir [= Sveinn] need not make a claim there.

notes and context

As sts 6-11. In Mork, Fsk, and Hkr, this is the first st. (in Hkr the only st.) cited after Sveinn Úlfsson declared war on Norway. H-Hr constructs a new prose environment and moves the st. to document events that took place after Óláfr’s reconciliation with Sveinn.

Sveinn Úlfsson was king of Denmark (r. 1047-1074/76). See ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this vol.

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sources

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: Steinn Herdísarson, 3. Óláfsdrápa 10: AI, 411, BI, 381, Skald I, 189, NN §§892, 2041 anm. 1; Mork 1867, 124, Mork 1928-32, 286-7, Andersson and Gade 2000, 278, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 436-7 (Ólkyrr ch. 1); ÍF 28, 202 (HSig ch. 101), F 1871, 254, E 1916, 103; ÍF 29, 297 (ch. 79).

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