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Ólhelg Lv 4I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Óláfr inn helgi Haraldsson, Lausavísur 4’ 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. 521.

Óláfr inn helgi HaraldssonLausavísur
345

text and translation

Vandfœrra es várrar
varrbliks fyr Stað miklu
— þreyk of aldr — til eyjar
aurborðs, an vas forðum.
Nús fyr hǫfn, þás hafna
hlyn* sævar mák æva,
Gunnr hvítinga, grjóti
geirþorps boða orpit.

Es miklu vandfœrra aurborðs fyr Stað til várrar {eyjar {varrbliks}}, an vas forðum; þreyk of aldr. Nús grjóti orpit fyr hǫfn {boða {geirþorps}}, þás mák æva hafna {hlyn* sævar}, {Gunnr hvítinga}.
 
‘It is much harder for the plank [ship] to pass in front of Stad to our [my] island of the wake-glitter [GOLD > WOMAN] than it was formerly; I yearn through my lifetime. Now rock is dumped in front of the harbour against the messenger of the spear-settlement [SHIELD > WARRIOR = Óláfr], when I can never beach the maple of the sea [SHIP], Gunnr <valkyrie> of drinking-horns [WOMAN].

notes and context

This stanza occurs as a sequel to Óláfr’s meeting with the merchants (see Context to Lv 2). During a voyage along the Norwegian coast north of Staðr (Stad), Óláfr passes the estate of Þorvarðr galli. His men ask if he wishes to land and meet Steinvǫr, his former beloved. The king replies with this stanza.

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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: Óláfr Haraldsson enn helgi, Lausavísur 7: AI, 221, BI, 211, Skald I, 110, NN §§597, 1110, 2773B; Fms 5, 231-2, Fms 12, 114, ÓH 1941, II, 686, Flat 1860-8, III, 239-40.

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