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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Hardr II 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Haraldsdrápa II 1’ 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. 544-5.

Einarr SkúlasonHaraldsdrápa II

text and translation

Sótti á slétta
seiðs hrynleiðar
jǫrð eldskerðir
ungr Skônunga.
Fann fjǫlnenninn
freks landreka
gífrskæs gǫfugr
granrjóðr Dana.

{Ungr {{seiðs hrynleiðar} eld}skerðir} sótti á slétta jǫrð Skônunga. {Gǫfugr granrjóðr {freks gífrskæs}} fann {fjǫlnenninn landreka Dana}.
‘The young cleaver of the fire of the pollack’s flowing path [(lit. ‘fire-cleaver of the pollack’s flowing path’) SEA > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] went to the level land of the Skánungar. The glorious whisker-reddener of the ravenous steed of the troll-woman [WOLF > WARRIOR] met the very vigorous land-ruler of the Danes [DANISH KING = Eiríkr].

notes and context

The st. documents Haraldr gilli’s escape from Norway to Denmark after the battle of Färlev in 1134, where he was defeated by his nephew, Magnús inn blindi ‘the Blind’ Sigurðarson.

After the battle of Färlev (in present-day Sweden), Haraldr returned to Viken and set out for Denmark. For this battle, see also Ingimarr Lv and Hskv Hardr 1-2.



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, 3. Haraldsdrápa II 1: AI, 457, BI, 425, Skald I, 210, NN §1152; F 1871, 311 (MbHg).


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