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.
 grimmr: ‘grimr’ Bb
 grimmr ‘cruel’: The ms. seems to have Grímr, an Óðinn-name, but this makes no sense in the context. Here the single m could be a scribal attempt to regularise the hending, though rhymes of unequal quantity (grimm- : fram-) are in fact quite common in the skaldic corpus (Gade 1995a, 6). See also Note to st. 5/3 ár on single/double consonant spellings in Bb.
 *akri: ‘vakra’ Bb
 *akri ‘to the field’: All previous eds emend ms. ‘vakra’, either to akri, dat. sg. of akr ‘(cultivated) field’, or akra gen. pl. (Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1832, 15). Akra is a smaller emendation, but grimmr ‘cruel’ usually takes a dat. object. ‘Vakra’ could be an inflected form of the adj. vakr ‘nimble’, but no noun in the helmingr is in grammatical agreement with it; or of the horse-name Vakr, but it is difficult to see how this would work in the context.
 ófôum: ‘ofaín’ Bb
 ófôum ‘not a few’: Gullberg (1875) takes ms. ófáin as an unattested adj. (f. nom. sg. or n. nom./acc.) ‘uncoloured, dull’ (following the gloss ‘pale, white’ in CVC: fáinn), cf. the p. p. fáinn ‘garish’ (Fritzner: fáinn). This is certainly a lectio difficilior in comparison to ófôum ‘not a few’, and it chimes with the colourful description of the corpses in the following stanza, but it cannot modify dauðum hal (dat. sg.) ‘dead man’ (translated as pl. above in accordance with English idiom) or anything else in the helmingr .
 ýtis: ýtir Bb
 ýtis ‘of the impeller’: A minor emendation, necessary since ms. ýtir (m. nom. sg.) would be a syntactically impossible additional subject for the helmingr’s single finite verb, lét ‘had’. —  lauðar ‘of the draw-plate’: Two etymologies have been proposed for lauð f., according to which it is either a hardened metal plate pierced with graduated holes for the drawing of wires, or a metallurgist’s melting-pot (see ÍO: lauð 1); lauð is given as a possible determinant of a gold-kenning in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 61, II, 342).
 k*af: ‘kviaf’ or ‘kriaf’ Bb
 k*af ‘the deep’: In the ms. a superscript abbreviation for <vi> or <ri> follows <k>, but ‘kviaf/kriaf’ is meaningless and unmetrical, and the emendation to kaf n. obvious and traditional.
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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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