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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 44VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 44’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 43-4.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Tók, þás fell inn frœkni
fylkis kundr til grundar,
sverð, es sókn vas orðin,
sœnskr maðr af gram þrœnzkum.
Sá vas hjǫrr ins hôva
hrings stríðanda síðan
gulli merktr í Girkja
gunndjarfs liði fundinn.

Sœnskr maðr tók sverð af þrœnzkum gram, þás {inn frœkni kundr fylkis} fell til grundar, es sókn vas orðin. Sá hjǫrr, gulli merktr, {ins hôva gunndjarfs stríðanda hrings} vas síðan fundinn í liði Girkja.
‘A Swedish man took the sword from the king from Trøndelag when the brave descendant of a king [= Óláfr] fell to the ground, when the battle was over. That sword, decorated with gold, of the tall, battle-eager enemy of the ring [GENEROUS MAN = Óláfr] was later found in the army of the Greeks.

notes and context

[5]: After hjǫrr, the scribe of Flat has erased a word, which is no longer legible.



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 44: AI, 467, BI, 438, Skald I, 216; Flat 1860-8, I, 5, Cederschiöld 1873, 7, Chase 2005, 94, 154.


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