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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Øxfl 7III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Øxarflokkr 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 147.

Einarr SkúlasonØxarflokkr

text and translation

Blóðeisu liggr bæði
bjargs tveim megin geima
sjóðs (ák søkkva stríði)
snær ok eldr (at mæra).

Bæði {snær sjóðs} ok {eldr geima} liggr tveim megin bjargs {blóðeisu}; ák at mæra {stríði søkkva}.
‘Both snow of the purse [SILVER] and fire of the sea [GOLD] lie on the two sides of the crag of the blood-ember [AXE]; I must praise the fighter of enemies [WARRIOR].

notes and context

The half-stanza is recorded among several stanzas illustrating kennings for ‘gold’ (eldr geima ‘fire of the sea’) and ‘silver’ (snær sjóðs ‘snow of the purse’) in Skm (and LaufE).

The poet is named Einarr Skúlason in all mss.



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, 11. Øxarflokkr(?) 7: AI, 478, BI, 450-1, Skald I, 222, NN §§1153, 1783C, 2057D, 2990B; SnE 1848-87, I, 404-5, II, 322, 433, 517, 582, III, 70, SnE 1931, 144, SnE 1998, I, 61; LaufE 1979, 347.


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