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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Óldr 14II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 14’ 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, p. 379.

Steinn HerdísarsonÓláfsdrápa

text and translation

Herþengill gleðr hringum
hoddǫrr, sás rýðr odda,
bekksagnir; lætr bragna
bragningr gjǫfum fagna.
Norðmǫnnum gefr nenninn
Nóregs konungr stórum;
ǫrr es Engla þverrir.
Óláfr borinn sólu.

Hoddǫrr herþengill, sás rýðr odda, gleðr bekksagnir hringum; bragningr lætr bragna fagna gjǫfum. {Nenninn konungr Nóregs} gefr Norðmǫnnum stórum; {þverrir Engla} es ǫrr. …Óláfr borinn sólu.
‘The hoard-generous host-leader, who reddens spear-points, gladdens his benchmates with rings; the monarch lets his men rejoice in the gifts. The enterprising king of Norway [= Óláfr] gives lavishly to the Norwegians; the diminisher of the English [= Óláfr] is generous. Óláfr born [beneath] the sun….

notes and context

As st. 13 above.

[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 15: AI, 412, BI, 382, Skald I, 190, NN §2531; Mork 1867, 130, Mork 1928-32, 296, Andersson and Gade 2000, 284, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 441 (Ólkyrr ch. 3); F 1871, 260-1 (Ólkyrr).


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