Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

I. 1. Eiríksmál (Eirm) - 9

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2.1: Eiríksmál (‘Words about Eiríkr’) — Anon EirmI

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Eiríksmál’ 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. 1003.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [X]: I. A. [1]. Eiríksmál, fra omkr. 950 (AI, 174-5, BI, 164-6)

SkP info: I, 1011

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6 — Anon Eirm 6I

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Cite as: R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Eiríksmál 6’ 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. 1011.

‘Hví es þér Eireks vôn *         heldr an annarra konunga?’
‘Því at mǫrgu landi *         hann hefr mæki roðit
        ok blóðugt sverð borit.’

‘Hví es þér vôn * Eireks heldr an annarra konunga?’ ‘Því at hann hefr roðit mæki mǫrgu landi * ok borit blóðugt sverð.’

‘Why do you expect Eiríkr rather than other kings?’ ‘Because he has reddened his blade in many a land and borne a bloody sword.’

Mss: 761bˣ(105v-106r), FskAˣ(37-38), 52ˣ(15r), 301ˣ(13r) (Fsk)

Readings: [1] vôn *: vôn kvað Sigmundr all    [3] landi *: landi sagði Óðinn all

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [X], I. A. [1]. Eiríksmál 6: AI, 175, BI, 165, Skald I, 89; Fsk 1902-3, 29 (ch. 7), ÍF 29, 78 (ch. 8); Möbius 1860, 232, Gordon 1957, 149, Jón Helgason 1968, 23.

Context: As for st. 1 (Fsk).

Notes: [All]: The speaker in ll. 1-2 is Sigmundr, and in ll. 3-5 it is Óðinn. The phrases identifying them as such in the mss, however, are extrametrical and are omitted here; see Introduction to the poem. — [2] konunga ‘kings’: Fsk 1902-3, Skj and Skald omit this, presumably for metrical reasons. — [3]: Sahlgren (1927-8, I, 7, and similarly Skald and Lindquist 1929, 10), analysing the metre of the stanza as ljóðaháttr, assumes that a line is missing between ll. 2 and 3, and he supplies til Valhallar vituð, lit. ‘to Valhǫll known’ (cf. vôn vituð, lit. ‘expectation known’, st. 5/6). In actuality, the pattern here seems to be the málaháttr couplet followed by three lines of ljóðaháttr, as in st. 7; cf. also Þhorn Harkv 18, 20, 22.

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