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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 70VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 70’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 64.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

text and translation

Myndi bragr nú brǫndum
baugness vesa þessi
— kannk rausnarskap ræsis —
raundýrliga launaðr,
ef lofða gramr lifði
leikmildr Sigurðr Hildar
— þess lýsik veg vísa —
vellum grimmr inn ellri.

Þessi bragr myndi nú vesa raundýrliga launaðr {brǫndum {baugness}} — kannk rausnarskap ræsis —, ef Sigurðr inn ellri, gramr lofða, grimmr vellum, {Hildar leikmildr}, lifði; lýsik veg þess vísa.
‘This poem would now be magnificently rewarded with the fires of the bracelet-headland [ARM > GOLD] — I know the munificence of the king —, if Sigurðr the elder, king of men, fierce to gold, generous with the play of Hildr [BATTLE] [lit. play-generous of Hildr] were alive; I praise the honour of this king.

notes and context

The poet puts pressure on the kings for a reward. The helmingar are linked by a subordinating conj. (ef), and the bond between the two is reinforced by the alliteration of the last word in l. 4 with the stuðlar in l. 5. The entire st. is a single sentence with two intercalaries interposed.



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 70: AI, 472, BI, 445, Skald I, 219; Flat 1860-8, I, 7, Cederschiöld 1873, 10, Chase 2005, 120, 169.


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