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ESk Ingdr 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Ingadrápa 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. 563-4.

Einarr SkúlasonIngadrápa
123

text and translation

Alls engi þarf Inga
arngrennir þat kenna,
— hverr spyri satt frá snerru
seggr — at gram bitu eggjar.
Bǫð gatat stillir stǫðvat
styrjarmildr, þótt vildi;
fús vas fjǫrspell vísa
fylkis sveit at veita.

{Alls engi arngrennir} þarf kenna Inga þat, at eggjar bitu gram; hverr seggr spyri satt frá snerru. Styrjarmildr stillir gatat stǫðvat bǫð, þótt vildi; sveit fylkis vas fús at veita vísa fjǫrspell.
 
‘Not one eagle-feeder [WARRIOR] needs to blame Ingi for the fact that sword-blades bit the prince; let each man hear the truth about the attack. The battle-generous lord was unable to stop the onslaught, although he may have wanted to; the ruler’s retinue was eager to inflict death upon the leader.

notes and context

Stanzas 2-4 describe the slaying of Sigurðr munnr ‘Mouth’ Haraldsson by Ingi’s retainer, Grégóríus Dagsson, in Bergen (10 June 1155). In Mork, this st. is recited in response to a question posed by Eysteinn Haraldsson when he arrives in Bergen three days after the killing, whereas it is cited in Fsk to document Ingi’s lack of participation in this undertaking (see Introduction above).

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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, 9. Ingadrápa 2: AI, 476, BI, 448, Skald I, 220; Mork 1867, 235, Mork 1928-32, 458, Andersson and Gade 2000, 401, 495 (Hsona); ÍF 29, 337 (ch. 99).

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