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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Sigdr I 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Sigurðardrápa I 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, p. 539.

Einarr SkúlasonSigurðardrápa I

text and translation

Ok, sás œzt gat ríki,
ól þjóðkonungr, sólar,
ǫnd á Jákóbslandi
annan vetr, und ranni.
Þar frák hilmi herjar
(hjaldrs) lausmæli gjalda
(gramr birti svan svartan
snarlyndr) frǫmum jarli.

Ok þjóðkonungr, sás gat œzt ríki und {ranni sólar}, ól ǫnd annan vetr á Jákóbslandi. Þar frák hilmi herjar gjalda frǫmum jarli lausmæli; snarlyndr gramr birti {svartan svan hjaldrs}.
‘And the mighty king, who got the highest power under the hall of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN], nourished his spirit the next winter in Galicia. There I heard that the protector of the people repaid the outstanding earl for his unreliable words; the keen-spirited ruler cheered the black swan of battle [RAVEN].

notes and context

From England, Sigurðr went to Normandy and then on to Galicia, where he stayed the second winter. The earl who was in command of the district promised to provide the Norwegians with provisions, but supplies ran out around Christmas time. Sigurðr sacked the earl’s castle and furnished his troops with the food they needed.

For a similar attack on a castle in Galicia that took place during Jarl Rǫgnvaldr Kali’s crusade, see Orkn (ÍF 34, 212-18), as well as Rv Lv 17-19 and Sigm Lv 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, 1. Sigurðardrápa 2: AI, 455, BI, 423, Skald I, 209, NN §921; ÍF 28, 240-1 (Msona ch. 4), F 1871, 281, E 1916, 130; Fms 7, 78 (Msona ch. 4).


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