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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 22I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 22’ 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. 1053.

Anonymous PoemsÓláfs drápa Tryggvasonar

text and translation

Skaut á grœnt með grjóti
grár ægir ná sôrum
(lôgu liðsmenn bjúgir)
land (sem brúk of strandir).
En fjaðrdøkkum flokkum
flugu hrafns at þat nafnar;
skygnum skœðasǫgnum
skógs fang gerðisk þangat.

Grár ægir skaut sôrum ná með grjóti á grœnt land; liðsmenn lôgu bjúgir sem brúk of strandir. En {nafnar hrafns} flugu at þat fjaðrdøkkum flokkum; fang gerðisk þangat {skygnum skœðasǫgnum skógs}.
‘The grey ocean cast a wounded corpse up with gravel on the green land; household troops lay twisted like heaps of seaweed across the beaches. And the namesakes of the raven [RAVENS] flew after that in feather-dark flocks; prey was produced there for the sharp-sighted harm-crew of the forest [WOLVES].

notes and context

[1-4]: Bodies floating ashore after a sea-battle is a conventional skaldic topos; further examples are collected in NN §2522.



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 22: AI, 577, BI, 573, Skald I, 277, NN §§2522, 2548; Munch and Unger 1847, 123, 141, Gullberg 1875, 18, 39.


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