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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Tindr Hákdr 2I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa 2’ 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. 341.

Tindr HallkelssonHákonardrápa

text and translation

Gatat óhræðinn œðra
(oddgaldrs) ok Sigvaldi
(vítt frák veiti-Njóta*)
viðrnám Búi (kvômu),
áðr mótrǫðuls mœttu
magnendr Gymis vagna
— sǫng at sverða þingi
sárla — þrœnzkum jarli.

Óhræðinn Búi ok Sigvaldi gatat œðra viðrnám — frák {veiti-Njóta* {oddgaldrs}} kvômu vítt —, áðr {{{{Gymis vagna} mót}rǫðuls} magnendr} mœttu þrœnzkum jarli; sǫng sárla at {þingi sverða}.
‘The fearless Búi and Sigvaldi did not receive more distinguished opposition — I heard the proffering Njótar <= Óðinn’s> of the point-chant [BATTLE > WARRIORS] came from afar — before the empowerers of the clash of the sun of the wagons of Gymir <sea-giant> [(lit. ‘empowerers of the clash-sun of the wagons of Gymir’) SHIPS > SHIELD > BATTLE > WARRIORS] met the Trøndelag jarl [Hákon]; it sang grievously at the assembly of swords [BATTLE].

notes and context

As for st. 1 in Jvs.

[1-4]: The helmingr apparently refers back to unopposed raiding on the part of the Danish and Wendish forces in Norway prior to Hákon’s stand against them. Ohlmarks (1958, 412) therefore suggests that the verbs should be understood as pluperfect (‘had received’, ‘had come’). It is reported in Hkr (ÍF 26, 277) that the Jómsvíkingar headed from Agðir (Agder) to Rogaland, and raided Hákon’s territory as they headed north up the coast.



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: Tindr Hallkelsson, 1. Drape om Hakon jarl 2: AI, 145, BI, 136, Skald I, 75, NN §§429, 2008H, 3097G; Fms 11, 138, Fms 12, 238-9, SHI 11, 118, 121-2, Jvs 1879, 82.


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