Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to HalldR Lv 1I

[5, 7] sǫðlaði bukk ‘saddled a he-goat’: This refers to Óláfr’s prank, as a boy, of saddling a he-goat for his stepfather to ride (ÓHLeg 1982, 40-1; ÍF 27, 3-4). The story, combining as it does defiance of instructions from a father-figure and inappropriate treatment of livestock, clearly has a literary kinship with the episodes of Grettir’s youth in Grettis saga.


  1. Bibliography
  2. ÓHLeg 1982 = Heinrichs, Anne et al., eds and trans. 1982. Olafs saga hins helga: Die ‘Legendarische Saga’ über Olaf den Heiligen (Hs. Delagard. saml. nr. 8II). Heidelberg: Winter.
  3. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.


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