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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 21VII/1 — dróttins ‘of the lord’

Dýrð lætr dróttins Hǫrða
— dragisk mærð þin*ig — hrœrða
ítr (munat ǫðlingr betri)
alls grœðari (fœðask).
Greitt má gumnum létta
guðs ríðari stríðum;
rǫskr þiggr allt, sem œskir,
Óláfr af gram sólar.

Ítr grœðari alls lætr dýrð dróttins Hǫrða hrœrða; mærð dragisk þin*ig; betri ǫðlingr munat fœðask. Guðs ríðari má greitt létta stríðum gumnum; rǫskr Óláfr þiggr allt, sem œskir, af gram sólar.

The glorious healer of all [= God] causes the fame of the lord of the Hǫrðar [= Óláfr] to be disseminated; may the praise poem turn itself hither; a better prince will not be born. God’s knight [SAINT = Óláfr] can easily alleviate afflictions for men; brave Óláfr gets all he desires from the king of the sun [= God].


[1] dróttins: dróttin Flat, dǫgling Bb


[1] dróttins ‘of the lord’: Sense requires a gen. sg. here, but neither ms. provides one.



case: gen.


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