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Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

3. Óláfsdrápa (Óldr) - 16

Skj info: Steinn Herdísarson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 407-13, BI, 376-83).

Skj poems:
1. Nizarvísur
2. Ulfsflokkr
3. Óláfsdrápa

Steinn was the great-grandson of the Icel. poet Einarr skálaglamm ‘Tinkle-scales’ Helgason (EskálI) and a kinsman of Stúfr inn blindi ‘the Blind’ Þórðarson (Stúfr; see the genealogy in SnE 1848-87, III, 607 and Genealogy IV in ÍF 5). At the battle of the river Nissan in 1062 he was on board the ship of his kinsman, Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr). Steinn was a court poet of Haraldr harðráði ‘Hardrule’ Sigurðarson and his son Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275). Two poems, NizarvísurVísur about the Nissan’ (Steinn Nizv), and ÓláfsdrápaDrápa about Óláfr’ (Steinn Óldr) survive of his poetic oeuvre, and another st., ÚlfsflokkrFlokkr about Úlfr’ (Steinn Úlffl), is usually assigned to a poem about Úlfr Óspaksson.

Óláfsdrápa (‘Drápa about Óláfr’) — Steinn ÓldrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 367-81.

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Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 3. Óláfsdrápa, o. 1070 (AI, 409-13, BI, 379-83); stanzas (if different): 1 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17

SkP info: II, 376

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10 — Steinn Óldr 10II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 10’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 376.

Gengu danskir drengir
(dynr varð gǫrr) með brynjur
útanborðs til jarðar
(úrigs malms) ok hjalma.
Sukku sárir rekkar
sunnan hafs til grunna;
hár varp hausum þeira
hranngarðr á þrǫm jarðar.

Danskir drengir gengu útanborðs til jarðar með brynjur ok hjalma; {dynr úrigs malms} varð gǫrr. Sárir rekkar sukku til grunna sunnan hafs; {hár hranngarðr} varp hausum þeira á þrǫm jarðar.

Danish warriors went overboard [and sank] to the bottom with byrnies and helmets; {the din of wet metal} [BATTLE] was over. Wounded champions sank to the shallows south of the sea; {the high wave-enclosure} [SEA] threw their skulls onto the edge of the earth.

Mss: Mork(20r) (Mork); H(78v), Hr(55va) (H-Hr)

Readings: [4] úrigs: ‘uríks’ H, ‘vriks’ Hr;    malms: ‘máls’ H    [6] sunnan: sunna Hr;    hafs: niðr Hr

Editions: Skj: Steinn Herdísarson, 3. Óláfsdrápa 9: AI, 411, BI, 380-1, Skald I, 189; Mork 1867, 124, Mork 1928-32, 288, Andersson and Gade 2000, 279, 483 (Ólkyrr); Fms 6, 436 (Ólkyrr ch. 1).

Context: As sts 7-9 above. H-Hr creates a new prose environment from the content of the st.

Notes: [6] sunnan hafs ‘south of the sea’: Steinn most likely composed Óldr in Norway, and ‘the sea’ would then refer to northern part of the Kattegat (north-west of Halland and south of Norway). — [8] á þrǫm jarðar ‘onto the edge of the earth’: I.e. ‘onto the shore’.

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