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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Run 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Runhenda 4’ 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. 553-4.

Einarr SkúlasonRunhenda

text and translation

Funi kyndisk fljótt,
en flýði skjótt
Hísingar herr,
sás hafði verr.

Funi kyndisk fljótt, en herr Hísingar, sás hafði verr, flýði skjótt.
‘Fire was kindled quickly, and the people of Hisingen, who had the worst of it, fled fast.

notes and context

Funi is given in Skm as a heiti for ‘fire’.

The events described in this st. appear to have taken place at the same time as those documented in sts 2-3 above, because, even though the st. is not cited, both Hkr (ÍF 28, 326) and Mork (1928-32, 442) mention that Eysteinn punished the Hísingar on that occasion.



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, 7. Runhenda 4: AI, 473, BI, 446, Skald I, 219; SnE 1848-87, I, 508-9, II, 355, 454, 537, 603, SnE 1931, 178, SnE 1998, I, 98.


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