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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 2I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 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. 1034.

Anonymous PoemsÓláfs drápa Tryggvasonar

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Mætr hefr minna látit
mik stólkonungr sólar
snjallr, an sómði þolli
sverðéls, bragar verðan.
Þó vilk Þróttar skýja,
þeim es engr vas beima,
eldveitanda ítrum,
alfríðri, lof smíða.

{Mætr, snjallr stólkonungr sólar} hefr látit mik verðan minna bragar, an sómði {þolli {sverðéls}}. Þó vilk smíða lof ítrum {{{Þróttar skýja} eld}veitanda}, þeim es engr beima vas alfríðri.
‘The excellent, valiant emperor of the sun [= God] has made me worthy of lesser poetry than befitted the fir-tree of the sword-storm [BATTLE > WARRIOR = Óláfr]. Nevertheless I will craft praise for the splendid offerer of the fire of the clouds of Þróttr <= Óðinn> [(lit. ‘fire-offerer of the clouds of Þróttr’) SHIELDS > SWORD > WARRIOR = Óláfr], the one than whom no-one among men was finer in all respects.

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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 2: AI, 574, BI, 567, Skald I, 275; Munch and Unger 1847, 121, 140, Gullberg 1875, 11, 22-3.


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