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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hákonardrápa — Eskál HákdrI

Einarr skálaglamm Helgason

Edith Marold 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Hákonardrápa’ 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. 279.


Byggði lǫnd, en lunda
lék orð á því, forðum
Gamla kind, sús granda,
gunnborðs, véum þorði.
Nús afrendra jǫfra
Ullr geirvaðils þeira
sóknar hvatr at setri
settr hverjum gram betri.
‘The kin of Gamli [= Eiríkssynir], who dared to destroy sanctuaries, once occupied the lands, and the talk of the trees of the battle-board [SHIELD > WARRIORS] was about that. Now the Ullr <god> of the spear-ford [SHIELD > WARRIOR = Hákon jarl], bold in battle, better than any ruler, is established upon the seat of those powerful princes.

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