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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Haraldsdrápa II — ESk Hardr IIII

Einarr 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
seiðs hrynleiðar
jǫrð eldskerðir
ungr Skônunga.
Fann fjǫlnenninn
freks landreka
gífrskæs gǫfugr
granrjóðr Dana.
‘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
brýns, Bjǫrgynjar,
braut háskrautum.
‘They closed the bay of Bergen for a week; there was no possibility for the tall ships to speed away.
Alls varð Ellu
ungr geitunga
lofaðr lífgjafi
lands ráðandi.
‘The young, lauded life-giver of Ælle’s <Northumbrian king’s> birds [EAGLES > WARRIOR] became the ruler of the entire country.
Vann valgrennir
viðr ráfiðris
hroðit vápnboða.
Flugu framliga
— fekk svanbekkjar
snarr sólþverrir
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.
Eyddi oddum
ey benþeyjar
Hlés helfýsir
hungr gollunga.
Líkn gefi læknir
lofaðr friðrofa
heims hafljóma
hár lausnari.
‘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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