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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 65VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 65’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 60.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Heims hykk hingat kvômu
hǫfuðsmenn í stað þenna
— snarr tyggi bergr seggjum
sólar — erkistóli.
Hérs af himna gervis
heilagr viðr — sem biðjum,
yfirskjǫldungr, bjarg, aldar,
oss — píningar krossi.

Hykk hǫfuðsmenn heims kvômu erkistóli hingat í stað þenna; {snarr tyggi sólar} bergr seggjum. Hérs heilagr viðr af krossi píningar {gervis himna}; {yfirskjǫldungr aldar}, bjarg oss, sem biðjum.
‘I know that the rulers of the world brought an archbishopric here to this place; the quick prince of the sun [= God (= Christ)] saves men. Here there is holy wood from the Cross of torture of the maker of the heavens [= God (= Christ)]; supreme king of men [= God], protect us as we pray.

notes and context

[1-4]: A reference to the establishment of the archdiocese of Trondheim in 1152, the visit of Cardinal Nicholas Breakspear to Norway, and his consecration of Jón Birgisson (who was in Einarr’s audience) as its first archbishop.



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 65: AI, 471, BI, 443-4, Skald I, 218; Flat 1860-8, I, 7, Cederschiöld 1873, 9, Chase 2005, 115, 164-5.


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