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Óláfsdrápa — Sigv ÓldrI

Sigvatr Þórðarson

Judith Jesch 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Sigvatr Þórðarson, Óláfsdrápa’ 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. 614.


Loptbyggvir, mátt leggja
lands rétt, þanns skal standask,
unnar, allra manna,
eykja, liðs á miðli.
‘Inhabitant of the loft of the draught-animals of the wave [(lit. ‘loft-inhabitant of the draught-animals of the wave’) SHIPS > AFTER-DECK > SEAFARER], you are able to establish the law of the land which shall remain in force among the troop of all men.

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