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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Run 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Runhenda 5’ 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. 554-5.

Einarr SkúlasonRunhenda

text and translation

Frétt hefk, at fell
— folks brustu svell —
— jǫfurr eyddi frið —
Apardjónar lið.

Hefk frétt, at lið Apardjónar fell; {svell folks} brustu; jǫfurr eyddi frið.
‘I have heard that the troop of Aberdeen fell; ice-sheets of battle [SWORDS] shattered; the prince destroyed the peace.

notes and context

Stanzas 5-9 document Eysteinn Haraldsson’s raids along the eastern coast of Scotland and England during the summer and autumn of 1151.

For a discussion of these raids, see Poole 1980, Taylor 1965 and Anderson 1922, II, 215-18. The only Engl. source to mention Eysteinn’s harrying along the Engl. coast is Reginald of Durham’s Libellus de admirandis Beati Cuthberti virtutibus quæ novellis patratæ sunt temporibus from the end of the C12th, which records Eysteinn’s descent on the priory of Lindisfarne (in Raine 1835, 65-6; see also Bull 1916, 6-7 and A. Taylor 1965, 130-1).



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 5: AI, 473-4, BI, 446, Skald I, 220; Mork 1867, 225, Mork 1928-32, 444, Andersson and Gade 2000, 391, 495 (Hsona); ÍF 28, 328 (Hsona ch. 20), F 1871, 339, E 1916, 199; Fms 7, 235 (Hsona ch. 20).


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