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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 61VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 61’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 57.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Leyfðrs, sás lét of stýfðrar
lamins fótar, gramr, njóta
ítran þegn sem augna
út stunginna ok tungu.
Hǫnd Óláfs vann heilan
hreins gǫrvallra meina
(gǫr munu gjǫld, þeims byrja)
guðs þræl (ǫfugmæli).

Leyfðrs gramr, sás lét ítran þegn njóta lamins fótar sem út stunginna augna ok of stýfðrar tungu. Hǫnd hreins Óláfs vann {guðs þræl} heilan gǫrvallra meina; gǫr munu gjǫld, þeims byrja ǫfugmæli.
‘Praised is the king who let the excellent man enjoy his lame leg, as well as his stabbed-out eyes and cut-off tongue. The hand of pure Óláfr healed God’s servant [PRIEST] of all his injuries; ample will be the payments for those who spread slander.

notes and context

[1-4]: The language parallels the Norw. homily on S. Óláfr’s miracles: ſtyfðu af tungunni. ok ſtungu bæði ꜵugun or hꜵfði honum ‘they cut off the tongue and stabbed both eyes out of his head’ (HómNo, 117).



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: Einarr Skúlason, 6. Geisli 61: AI, 470-1, BI, 442-3, Skald I, 218; Flat 1860-8, I, 6, Cederschiöld 1873, 9, Chase 2005, 111, 162-3.


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