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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞSjár Róðdr 1I

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Róðudrápa 1’ 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. 243.

Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson)Róðudrápa1

text and translation

Átti Egða dróttinn
Ôleifr þrimu stála
við ágætan Jóta
ǫðling, þanns klýfr hringa.
Skaut nær skarpt at móti
Skônunga gramr hônum;
Sveins vasa sonr at reyna
slær; þaut ulfr of hrævi.

Ôleifr, {dróttinn Egða}, átti {þrimu stála} við {ágætan ǫðling Jóta}, þanns klýfr hringa. {Gramr Skônunga} skaut nær skarpt at móti hônum; {sonr Sveins} vasa slær at reyna; ulfr þaut of hrævi.
‘Óláfr, lord of the Egðir [NORWEGIAN KING], had a clash of swords [BATTLE] with the splendid ruler of the Jótar [DANISH KING = Knútr], who cleaves rings. The sovereign of the Skônungar [DANISH KING = Knútr] shot rather sharply against him; the son of Sveinn [= Knútr] was not weak to test; the wolf howled over carrion.

notes and context

This battle is also commemorated in Ótt Knútdr 11 and (probably) Sigv Knútdr 9; on the location, see Note to Ótt Knútdr 11/3.



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.

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