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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 49VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 49’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 47.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

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Þríar grímur vann þeima
þjóðnýtr Haralds bróðir
rauknstefnanda Reifnis
ríkr bendingar slíkar,
áðr þrekhvǫssum þessar
(þingdjarfs) firar inga
(bjǫrt eru bauga snyrtis
brǫgð) jartegnir sǫgðu.

{Ríkr, þjóðnýtr bróðir Haralds} vann slíkar bendingar {þeima {Reifnis raukn}stefnanda} þríar grímur, áðr firar sǫgðu þessar jartegnir þrekhvǫssum inga; brǫgð {þingdjarfs snyrtis bauga} eru bjǫrt.
‘The powerful, very bountiful brother of Haraldr [= Óláfr] gave such signs to that driver of the ox of Reifnir <sea-king> [(lit. ‘to that ox-driver of Reifnir’) SHIP > SEAFARER] for three nights, before men told these miracles to the strength-keen ingi <king>; the deeds of the battle-brave polisher of rings [MAN = Óláfr] are bright.

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 49: AI, 468, BI, 439, Skald I, 216, NN §§943, 3396T; Flat 1860-8, I, 5, Cederschiöld 1873, 7, Chase 2005, 99, 156-7.


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