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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Haraldssonakvæði (?) — ESk HarsonkvII

Einarr Skúlason

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Einarr Skúlason, Haraldssonakvæði (?)’ 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. 548-50.


Auð gefr Eysteinn lýðum;
eykr hjaldr Sigurðr skjaldar;
lætr Ingi slǫg syngva;
semr Magnús frið bragna.
Fjǫldýrs (hafa fjórir)
folktjald (komit aldri)
rýðr bragnings kyn blóði
(brœðr und sól in œðri).
‘Eysteinn gives people wealth; Sigurðr increases the noise of the shield [BATTLE]; Ingi lets weapons sing; Magnús creates concord between men. The kin of the very precious ruler reddens the battle-tent [SHIELD] with blood; never have four more distinguished brothers appeared beneath the sun.
Verja hauðr með hjǫrvi
hart dǫglingar bjartir
— hjalmr springr opt fyr olmri
egghríð — framir seggir.
‘The cheerful princes, the outstanding men, protect the land vigorously with the sword; the helmet often bursts because of the fierce blade-storm [BATTLE].

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