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Anon Óldr 21I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 21’ 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. 1052.

Anonymous PoemsÓláfs drápa Tryggvasonar
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Gladdr sté jarl á eyddan
— él vigra þraut — sigri
grimmr með gengi framligt
Grábak móins *akri.
Lét ófôum ýtis
elds lauðar hal dauðum
vitr af Vánar otrum
verðung á k*af slungit.

Jarl, gladdr sigri, grimmr {*akri móins}, sté á eyddan Grábak með framligt gengi; {él vigra} þraut. Vitr verðung {ýtis {elds lauðar}} lét ófôum dauðum hal slungit af {otrum Vánar} á k*af.
 
‘The jarl [Eiríkr], gladdened by victory, cruel to the field of the viper [GOLD], stepped aboard the cleared Grábak (‘Grey-back’) with a fine company; the blizzard of spears [BATTLE] ceased. The wise troop of the impeller of the fire of the draw-plate [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] had not a few dead men slung off the otters of Ván <river> [SHIPS] into the deep.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XII], [1]. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 21: AI, 577, BI, 572, Skald I, 277; Munch and Unger 1847, 122-3, 141, Gullberg 1875, 17-18, 37-8.

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