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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Harsonkv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Haraldssonakvæði (?) 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. 549-50.

Einarr SkúlasonHaraldssonakvæði (?)

text and translation

Verja hauðr með hjǫrvi
hart dǫglingar bjartir
— hjalmr springr opt fyr olmri
egghríð — framir seggir.

Bjartir dǫglingar, framir seggir, verja hauðr hart með hjǫrvi; hjalmr springr opt fyr {olmri egghríð}.
‘The cheerful princes, the outstanding men, protect the land vigorously with the sword; the helmet often bursts because of the fierce blade-storm [BATTLE].

notes and context

Hauðr is given in Skm as a heiti for ‘earth’.



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(?) 2: AI, 458, BI, 426, Skald I, 211, NN §2050; SnE 1848-87, I, 474-5, II, 448, 592, SnE 1931, 167, SnE 1998, I, 86.


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