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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Hardr I 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Haraldsdrápa I 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 543-4.

Einarr SkúlasonHaraldsdrápa I

text and translation

Átti sókn við sléttan
serkrjóðr Hôolfs, merki,
harðr, þars hregg of virðum,
Hléseyjar þrǫm, blésu.
Hús brann upp, en eisur,
ófátt, séa knátti
— malmr sǫng, en hlóð hilmir
hrækǫst — við ský gnæfa.

{Harðr {Hôolfs serk}rjóðr} átti sókn við sléttan þrǫm Hléseyjar, þars hregg blésu merki of virðum. Ófátt hús brann upp, en knátti séa eisur gnæfa við ský; malmr sǫng, en hilmir hlóð hrækǫst.
‘The harsh colourer of Hálfr’s <legendary king’s> shirt [(lit. ‘shirt-colourer of Hálfr’) BYRNIE > WARRIOR] had a battle by the level shore of Læsø, where the storms made banners billow above the men. Not a few houses burned up, and one could see fires towering against the clouds; steel sang, and the prince stacked up a corpse-pile.

notes and context

[4]: Læsø is located off the north-eastern coast of Jylland (Jutland), Denmark.



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, 2. Haraldsdrápa I 2: AI, 457, BI, 424-5, Skald I, 210; Mork 1867, 200, Mork 1928-32, 403, Andersson and Gade 2000, 365, 490 (MbHg); ÍF 29, 329 (ch. 96); ÍF 28, 296-7 (MbHg ch. 12), F 1871, 320, E 1916, 176-7; Fms 7, 196 (MbHg ch. 15).


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