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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Sigdr II 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Sigurðardrápa II 1’ 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. 550-1.

Einarr SkúlasonSigurðardrápa II1

text and translation

Snild berr, snarp*a elda
sárflóðs þess’s rýðr blóði,
— gefit hefr goð sjalfr jǫfri
gagn — Sigvarðar magni.
Svás, ef Rauma ræsir
reiðorðr tǫlur greiðir,
(rausn vinnr gramr) sem gumnar
(glaðmæltr) þegi aðrir.

Snild Sigvarðar, þess’s rýðr {snarp*a elda {sárflóðs}} blóði, berr magni; goð sjalfr hefr gefit jǫfri gagn. Svás, ef {reiðorðr ræsir Rauma} greiðir tǫlur, sem aðrir gumnar þegi; glaðmæltr gramr vinnr rausn.
‘The eloquence of Sigurðr, who reddens the sharp fires of the wound-flood [BLOOD > SWORDS] with blood, is overwhelming; God himself has given advantage to the prince. Thus it is, if the clear-talking ruler of the Raumar [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr] gives speeches, as if other men are silent; the glad-spoken lord displays splendour.

notes and context

The st. illustrates the eloquence of Sigurðr munnr Haraldsson.



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, 5. Sigurðardrápa: AI, 458, BI, 426, Skald I, 211; ÍF 28, 331 (Hsona ch. 21), F 1871, 340, E 1916, 200; Fms 7, 238-9 (Hsona ch. 21).


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