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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 18I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 18’ 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. 1049.

Anonymous PoemsÓláfs drápa Tryggvasonar

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Firrði hjǫrr við herðar
haus; sagði frið lausan
dylgju reyr it dýra;
drósk almr fyr grams hjalmi.
Norn kom flærð at fjǫrnis
(folktjald rufu) skjaldar;
sôr frák snǫrpum dreyra
seggjum (langbarðs eggjar).

Hjǫrr firrði haus við herðar; {it dýra reyr dylgju} sagði frið lausan; almr drósk fyr hjalmi grams. {Norn skjaldar} kom at {flærð fjǫrnis}; eggjar langbarðs rufu {folktjald}; frák sôr dreyra snǫrpum seggjum.
‘Sword removed skull from shoulders; the precious reed of enmity [SPEAR] pronounced peace over; the bow was drawn before the lord’s helmet. The norn of the shield [AXE] came to deceit of the helmet [BATTLE]; the edges of the sword ripped the battle-tent [SHIELD]; I have heard that wounds bled on keen warriors.

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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: [Anonyme digte og vers XII], [1]. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 18: AI, 576-7, BI, 572, Skald I, 277, NN §21; Munch and Unger 1847, 122, 141, Gullberg 1875, 16-17, 34-5.


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