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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Óldr 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 8’ 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. 374-5.

Steinn HerdísarsonÓláfsdrápa

text and translation

Ǫll biðr Egða stillir
eggdjarfra lið seggja
sund fyr sínu landi
sóknǫrr stika dǫrrum.
Jǫrð mun eigi verða
auðsótt Fila dróttins
sǫngherðǫndum sverða.
Sik beztan gram miklu.

{Sóknǫrr stillir Egða} biðr lið eggdjarfra seggja stika ǫll sund fyr landi sínu dǫrrum; jǫrð {dróttins Fila} mun eigi verða auðsótt {{sverða sǫng}herðǫndum}. …Sik miklu beztan gram….
‘The battle-generous ruler of the Egðir [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] bids the band of edge-fierce warriors barricade all inlets along his country with spears; the land of the lord of the Filir [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] will not be easy to conquer for the strengtheners of swords’ song [(lit. ‘swords’ song-strengtheners’) BATTLE > WARRIORS]. …Himself [to be] the very best ruler….

notes and context

In Mork and Fsk this st. is the third (Fsk) or fourth (Mork) in a sequence which describes the naval mobilisation by Óláfr in response to a declaration of war by Sveinn Úlfsson of Denmark. In H-Hr it is the first st. in that sequence.

[8]: For this l. of the split refrain (klofastef), see the Note to st. 1/8.



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 7: AI, 411, BI, 380, Skald I, 189; Mork 1867, 124, Mork 1928-32, 287, Andersson and Gade 2000, 278, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 435-6 (Ólkyrr ch. 1); ÍF 29, 298 (ch. 79).


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