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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 7VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 12-13.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Nú skulum gǫfgan geisla
guðs hallar vér allir,
ítr þanns Óláfr heitir,
alstyrkan vel dyrka.
Þjóð veit hann und heiða
hríðblôsnum sal víða
— menn nemi môl, sem innik,
mín — jartegnum skína.

Nú skulum vér allir dyrka vel {gǫfgan geisla {guðs hallar}}, alstyrkan, þanns heitir ítr Óláfr. Þjóð veit hann skína jartegnum víða und {hríðblôsnum sal heiða}; menn nemi môl mín, sem innik.
‘Now we all should honour well the splendid light-beam of God’s hall [HEAVEN > = Óláfr], the all-strong one, who is called glorious Óláfr. People know he shines with miracles widely beneath the storm-blown hall of heaths [SKY/HEAVEN]; may men understand my words as I tell them.

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 7: AI, 460, BI, 428, Skald I, 211-12; Flat 1860-8, I, 2, Cederschiöld 1873, 2, Chase 2005, 57, 131-2.


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