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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 59VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 59’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 55-6.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Lustu sundr á sandi
seggs marglitendr eggja
(hǫrð grœr fjón af fyrða)
fót (aldrtrega rótum);
ok prest, þeirs lǫg lestu
líknar krǫfð, ór hǫfði
— hætt mál vas þat — heila
himintungl firar stungu.

{Marglitendr eggja} lustu sundr seggs fót á sandi; hǫrð fjón grœr af rótum aldrtrega fyrða; ok firar, þeirs lestu lǫg, líknar krǫfð, stungu {himintungl heila} ór hǫfði prest; þat vas hætt mál.
‘Frequent-stainers of blades [WARRIORS = Einarr and Andréas] broke the man’s leg on the beach; hard hatred grows from the roots of the lifelong sorrows of men; and men, those who broke the law, from which mercy was demanded, struck the heavenly bodies of the brain [EYES] from the head of the priest; that was a dangerous undertaking.

notes and context

In addition to st. 59’s presence in Flat and Bb, ll. 5-8 are quoted in the W text of SnE (1924, 112) in a section listing heiti and kennings for the eyes.

[3-4]: Bb’s reading of l. 3 is again followed, although Flat’s greri ‘grew’ would also be possible. Kock’s understanding of the intercalary (Skald and NN §949) is followed here, rather than Skj B’s hǫrð fjón aldrtrega fyrða grœr af rótum ‘mændenes hårde dødelige had havde rodfæstet sig’ (‘mankind’s hard deadly hatred had taken root’).



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.

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