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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 32VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 32’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 33.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Víst hafði lið lestir
linns þrimr hlutum minna
heiptar mildr at hjaldri
— harðr fundr vas sá — grundar.
Þó réð hann at hvôru
(hǫnum tjóði vel móður)
(hôr feksk af því) (hlýri)
(hagnaðr) ór styr gagni.

Víst hafði {heiptar mildr lestir {linns grundar}} þrimr hlutum minna lið at hjaldri; sá fundr vas harðr. Þó at hvôru réð hann gagni ór styr; af því feksk hôr hagnaðr; {hlýri móður} tjóði hǫnum vel.
‘Clearly the strife-generous damager of the snake’s land [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN = Gutthormr] had three times fewer men at the battle; that meeting was hard. Yet notwithstanding he won victory in the battle; great advantage was gained from that; the brother of [his] mother [= Óláfr] helped him well.

notes and context



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 32: AI, 465, BI, 435, Skald I, 214, NN §1794; Cederschiöld 1873, 5, Chase 2005, 82, 148.


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