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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 60VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 60’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 56.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Tungan vas með tangar
tírkunns numin munni
(vasa sem vænst) ok þrysvar
(viðrlíf) skorin knífi.
Auðskiptir lá eptir
(ǫnd lætr maðr) á strǫndu
(margr of minni sorgir)
meinsamliga hamlaðr.

Tungan tírkunns vas numin með tangar munni ok þrysvar skorin knífi; vasa viðrlíf sem vænst. {Auðskiptir} lá eptir á strǫndu meinsamliga hamlaðr; margr maðr lætr ǫnd of minni sorgir.
‘The tongue of the one accustomed to praise was taken by the tong’s mouth and cut three times with a knife; that was not a very hopeful treatment. The wealth-distributor [MAN] remained lying on the beach painfully mutilated; many a man gives up the ghost from fewer afflictions.

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 60: AI, 470, BI, 442, Skald I, 218, NN §§2054, 2792; Flat 1860-8, I, 6, Cederschiöld 1873, 9, Chase 2005, 110, 161-2.


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