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ESk Geisl 39VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 39’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 39-40.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli
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Dýrð es ágæt orðin
ǫðlings ríks af slíku;
mærð ríðr mildings Hǫrða
mest um heims byggð flesta.
Greitt má gumnum létta
guðs ríðari stríðum;
rǫskr þiggr allt, sem œskir,
Óláfr af gram sólar.

Dýrð ríks ǫðlings es orðin ágæt af slíku; mest mærð {mildings Hǫrða} ríðr um flesta byggð heims. {Guðs ríðari} má greitt létta stríðum gumnum; rǫskr Óláfr þiggr allt, sem œskir, af {gram sólar}.

The fame of the powerful nobleman has become renowned from such things; the greatest praise {of the king of the Hǫrðar} [= Óláfr] travels over the whole [lit. the most] dwelling of the world. {God’s knight} [SAINT = Óláfr] can easily alleviate afflictions for men; brave Óláfr gets all he desires from {the king of the sun} [= God].

Mss: Flat(2rb), Bb(117vb)

Readings: [3] ríðr: nemi Bb    [4] um: of Bb;    flesta: so Bb, ‘flest[...]’ Flat    [5-8] abbrev. as ‘G’ Flat, ‘Greitt· m.’ Bb

Editions: Skj AI, 466, Skj BI, 436-7, Skald I, 215; Flat 1860-8, I, 4, Cederschiöld 1873, 6, Chase 2005, 89, 151.

Notes: [1] dýrð ... es orðin ágæt ‘the fame ... has become renowned’: A formula: cf. st. 11/5. — [2] slíku ‘such’: To be understood substantively, ‘from such things’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Cederschiöld, Gustaf J. Chr., ed. 1873b. ‘Bandamanna saga’. Acta Universitatis Lundensis 10.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Cederschiöld, Gustaf J. Chr., ed. 1873a. Geisli eða Óláfs Drápa ens Helga er Einarr orti Skúlason: efter ‘Bergsboken’ utgifven. Acta Universitatis Lundensis 10. Lund: Berling.
  5. Chase, Martin, ed. 2005. Einarr Skúlason’s Geisli. A Critical Edition. Toronto Old Norse and Icelandic Studies 1. Toronto, Buffalo and London: Toronto University Press.
  6. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
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