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Anon Óldr 1I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 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. 1033.

Anonymous PoemsÓláfs drápa Tryggvasonar
12

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Yfirhilding biðk aldar
einn hróðtǫlu beina*
mér, þanns mestum stýrir
mætti, hverrar ættar,
þvít veglyndum vanda
vin þínum skalk, Rínar,
brag, þeims bjartleyg fǫgrum
bauð ótta, goð dróttinn.

Biðk {einn yfirhilding hverrar ættar aldar}, þanns stýrir mestum mætti, beina* mér hróðtǫlu, þvít skalk vanda brag, goð dróttinn, veglyndum vin þínum, þeims bauð ótta {fǫgrum bjartleyg Rínar}.
 
‘I ask the sole overlord of every family of men [= God], he who wields most power, to set praiseful speech in motion for me, because I shall fashion poetry, Lord God, about your high-minded friend, he who struck fear into the beautiful bright flame of the Rhine [GOLD].

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XII], [1]. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 1: AI, 573-4, BI, 567, Skald I, 275, NN §§2710C; Munch and Unger 1847, 120-1, 140, Gullberg 1875, 11, 21-2.

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