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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Óldr 13II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 13’ 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. 378-9.

Steinn HerdísarsonÓláfsdrápa

text and translation

Gefr áttstuðill jǫfra
ǫrr ok steinda knǫrru
(hann vill hnøggvi sinnar)
hábrynjuð skip (synja).
Þjóð nýtr Óláfs auðar;
annarr konungr mǫnnum,
seðu, hverr slíkt fé reiðir!
Sik beztan gram miklu.

{Ǫrr áttstuðill jǫfra} gefr hábrynjuð skip ok steinda knǫrru; hann vill synja hnøggvi sinnar. Þjóð nýtr auðar Óláfs; seðu, hverr annarr konungr reiðir mǫnnum slíkt fé! …Sik beztan gram miklu….
‘The generous lineage-pillar of princes [KING = Óláfr] gives out armoured ships and painted merchantmen; he wishes to deny his parsimony. People enjoy Óláfr’s wealth; look, what other king gives men such riches! …Himself [to be] the very best ruler….

notes and context

Stanzas 13-16 illustrate Óláfr’s generosity.

In E and J2ˣ, the st. is erroneously attributed to ‘Stúfr’ (inn blindi). — For a similar display of munificence, see Mark Eirdr 5. — [8]: The l. echoes Þfagr Sveinn 4/4. — [8]: For this l. of the split refrain (klofastef), see Note to st. 1/8 above.



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 14: AI, 412, BI, 382, Skald I, 190, NN §2983; Mork 1867, 129, Mork 1928-32, 295, Andersson and Gade 2000, 284, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 447 (Ólkyrr ch. 7); F 1871, 260, E 1916, 107-8 (Ólkyrr).


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