Haraldsdrápa II — ESk Hardr IIIIEinarr Skúlason
Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Einarr Skúlason, Haraldsdrápa 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. 544-8.
Sótti á slétta
‘The young cleaver of the fire of the pollack’s flowing path [(lit. ‘fire-cleaver of the pollack’s flowing path’) SEA > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] went to the level land of the Skánungar. The glorious whisker-reddener of the ravenous steed of the troll-woman [WOLF > WARRIOR] met the very vigorous land-ruler of the Danes [DANISH KING = Eiríkr].’
Luku vág viku,
vara kostr fara
‘They closed the bay of Bergen for a week; there was no possibility for the tall ships to speed away.’
Alls varð Ellu
‘The young, lauded life-giver of Ælle’s <Northumbrian king’s> birds [EAGLES > WARRIOR] became the ruler of the entire country.’
— fekk svanbekkjar
sigr — falvigrar.
‘The feeder of the falcon of the weapon-wave [(lit. ‘falcon-feeder of the weapon-wave’) BLOOD > RAVEN/EAGLE > WARRIOR] cleared the tall adder of the sailyard-feather [SAIL > SHIP] off Ven. Shafted spears flew powerfully; the brave diminisher of the sun of the swan-bench [(lit. ‘sun-diminisher of the swan-bench’) SEA > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] gained victory.’
Líkn gefi læknir
‘The death-precipitator [WARRIOR] destroyed the hunger of young hawks of wound-thaw [BLOOD > RAVENS/EAGLES] with spear-points on Læsø. May the praised healer of the world [= God], the noble redeemer, give mercy to the peace-disturber of sea-radiance [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN].’
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