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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 5I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar 5’ 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. 1037.

Anonymous PoemsÓláfs drápa Tryggvasonar

text and translation

Vestr helt varga nistir
víðfrægr lagar skíðum
(ár* rauð ungr í þeiri)
Englands á vit (branda).
Fyrr vann ǫðlingr errinn,
(engr) an Nóreg fengi,
hár* (vas hilmi dýrri)
hefnð síns fǫður efnða.

{Víðfrægr nistir varga} helt {skíðum lagar} vestr á vit Englands; ungr rauð branda ár* í þeiri. Hár*, errinn ǫðlingr vann hefnð fǫður síns efnða fyrr an fengi Nóreg; engr vas dýrri hilmi.
‘The wide-renowned wolves’ provider [WARRIOR] steered skis of the ocean [SHIPS] westwards towards England; young, he reddened swords early on that [journey]. The tall, vigorous prince succeeded in carrying out vengeance for his father before he would take Norway; no-one was worthier than the ruler.

notes and context

The action of the poem moves from Garðar (Russia) to the British Isles, and raids in north-west Europe such as are specified in Hfr Óldr 1-4 are not narrated; cf. HSt Rst 3. Óláfr’s revenge for his father Tryggvi is also associated with an attack on England in HSt Rst 4; see Note to Rst 4/2, 4. — [1]: The line is almost identical to Þham Magndr 2/1II. — [8]: The line is almost identical to HSt Rst 4/4.



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 5: AI, 574, BI, 568, Skald I, 275, NN §§318, 329, 2984C; Munch and Unger 1847, 121, 140, Gullberg 1875, 12, 24-5.


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