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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 19I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 19’ 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. 1050.

Anonymous PoemsÓláfs drápa Tryggvasonar

text and translation

Frægs stillis varð falla
ferð, en beitt vas sverðum;
endr kom brúnt á branda
blóð; varð autt um góðan.
Auk und jǫfri frœknum
Ormr hrauzk, en felt rauðu
Eireks hirð, áðr yrði
jarls ráð fyrir hjarli.

Ferð frægs stillis varð falla, en beitt vas sverðum; brúnt blóð kom endr á branda; varð autt um góðan. Ormr hrauzk auk und frœknum jǫfri, en hirð Eireks felt rauðu, áðr ráð jarls yrði fyrir hjarli.
‘The troop of the famous ruler [Óláfr] had to fall, but swords were wielded; brown blood again came onto blades; it became empty around the good man [Óláfr]. Ormr (‘Serpent’) was also cleared under the bold prince, but Eiríkr’s retinue were hooded with red, before the jarl’s rule extended over the land.

notes and context

[6] Ormr ‘(“Serpent”)’: Óláfr’s famous warship Ormr inn langi ‘the Long Serpent’, frequently named in contemporary poetry, as well as being the subject of word-play in st. 21/4 below, for example; see also Notes to Hfr ErfÓl 10/1, Hókr Eirfl 3/4.


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 19: AI, 577, BI, 572, Skald I, 277; Munch and Unger 1847, 122, 141, Gullberg 1875, 17, 35.


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