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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Hardr II 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Haraldsdrápa II 5’ 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, p. 548.

Einarr SkúlasonHaraldsdrápa II

text and translation

Eyddi oddum
ey benþeyjar
Hlés helfýsir
hungr gollunga.
Líkn gefi læknir
lofaðr friðrofa
heims hafljóma
hár lausnari.

{Helfýsir} eyddi hungr {gollunga {benþeyjar}} oddum Hlésey. {Lofaðr læknir heims}, hár lausnari, gefi líkn {friðrofa {hafljóma}}.
‘The death-precipitator [WARRIOR] destroyed the hunger of young hawks of wound-thaw [BLOOD > RAVENS/EAGLES] with spear-points on Læsø. May the praised healer of the world [= God], the noble redeemer, give mercy to the peace-disturber of sea-radiance [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN].

notes and context

For this battle, see ESk Hardr I, 2 above.


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 3: AI, 457, BI, 425, Skald I, 210, NN §2049; Mork 1867, 200, Mork 1928-32, 403, Andersson and Gade 2000, 365-6, 490 (MbHg).


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