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Sigurðardrápa II — ESk Sigdr IIII

Einarr Skúlason

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Einarr Skúlason, Sigurðardrápa II’ 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. 550-1.

 

Snild berr, snarp*a elda
sárflóðs þess’s rýðr blóði,
— gefit hefr goð sjalfr jǫfri
gagn — Sigvarðar magni.
Svás, ef Rauma ræsir
reiðorðr tǫlur greiðir,
(rausn vinnr gramr) sem gumnar
(glaðmæltr) þegi aðrir.
 
‘The eloquence of Sigurðr, who reddens the sharp fires of the wound-flood [BLOOD > SWORDS] with blood, is overwhelming; God himself has given advantage to the prince. Thus it is, if the clear-talking ruler of the Raumar [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr] gives speeches, as if other men are silent; the glad-spoken lord displays splendour.
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