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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Harsonkv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Haraldssonakvæði (?) 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, p. 549.

Einarr SkúlasonHaraldssonakvæði (?)

text and translation

Auð gefr Eysteinn lýðum;
eykr hjaldr Sigurðr skjaldar;
lætr Ingi slǫg syngva;
semr Magnús frið bragna.
Fjǫldýrs (hafa fjórir)
folktjald (komit aldri)
rýðr bragnings kyn blóði
(brœðr und sól in œðri).

Eysteinn gefr lýðum auð; Sigurðr eykr {hjaldr skjaldar}; Ingi lætr slǫg syngva; Magnús semr frið bragna. Kyn fjǫldýrs bragnings rýðr {folktjald} blóði; aldri hafa fjórir brœðr in œðri komit und sól.
‘Eysteinn gives people wealth; Sigurðr increases the noise of the shield [BATTLE]; Ingi lets weapons sing; Magnús creates concord between men. The kin of the very precious ruler reddens the battle-tent [SHIELD] with blood; never have four more distinguished brothers appeared beneath the sun.

notes and context

The st. is cited to document the good qualities of the sons of Haraldr gilli.

For information on Haraldr’s sons Eysteinn, Ingi and Sigurðr, see Notes to Anon Nkt 56, 58-60 and ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this vol. Magnús died young, and very little is known about him (see Hkr, ÍF 28, 321).



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, 4. Haraldssonakvæði(?) 1: AI, 458, BI, 426, Skald I, 210; ÍF 28, 321-2 (Hsona ch. 14), F 1871, 336, E 1916, 195; Fms 7, 229 (Hsona ch. 14).


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