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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Sigdr I 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Sigurðardrápa I 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. 540-1.

Einarr SkúlasonSigurðardrápa I

text and translation

Getk, þess’s gramr fór vitja
(glyggs) Jórsala byggðar
(meðr vitut ǫðling œðra)
ógnblíðr (und sal víðum).
Ok leyghati laugask
— leyft ráð vas þat — náði
hauka fróns í hreinu
hvatr Jórðánar vatri.

Getk, þess’s ógnblíðr gramr fór vitja byggðar Jórsala; meðr vitut œðra ǫðling und {víðum sal glyggs}. Ok {hvatr {{hauka fróns} leyg}hati} náði laugask í hreinu vatri Jórðánar; þat vas leyft ráð.
‘I recount that the war-happy ruler went to visit the settlement of Jerusalem; men do not know a nobler lord under the wide hall of the storm [SKY/HEAVEN]. And the swift hater of the flame of the hawks’ land [(lit. ‘flame-hater of the hawks’ land’) ARM > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] was able to wash himself in the pure water of the River Jordan; that was a celebrated enterprise.

notes and context

As st. 3 above.

For other Norw. kings washing themselves in the River Jordan, see Ív Sig 9.



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 4: AI, 456, BI, 424, Skald I, 209; ÍF 28, 249-50 (Msona ch. 10), F 1871, 285, Andersson and Gade 2000, 321-2, E 1916, 134; Fms 7, 87-8 (Msona ch. 9).


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