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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Elfv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Elfarvísur 2’ 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, p. 567.

Einarr SkúlasonElfarvísur

text and translation

Mǫrg flutu auð (á úrga)
— alm sveigði lið — (hjalma
rauð flugu stôl) í stríðri
stafnblóðug skip móðu,
áðr á grund af grœðis
gœðinga lið flœði
— sveit varð í rym rítar
rýr — Hôkonar dýrum.

Mǫrg stafnblóðug skip flutu auð í stríðri móðu—lið sveigði alm; rauð stôl flugu á úrga hjalma—, áðr lið gœðinga flœði á grund af {dýrum grœðis} Hôkonar; sveit varð rýr í {rym rítar}.
‘Many prow-bloody ships floated empty in the swift estuary—the troop bent the bow; red weapons flew at wet helmets—, before the chieftains’ troop fled ashore from Hákon’s animals of the ocean [SHIPS]; the company was reduced in the noise of the shield [BATTLE].

notes and context

As st. 1 above in Hkr and H-Hr.



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, 10. Elfarvísur 2: AI, 477, BI, 449, Skald I, 221; ÍF 28, 359 (Hákherð ch. 11), F 1871, 354, E 1916, 216; Fms 7, 266-7 (Hákherð ch. 11).


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