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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Lv 12III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Lausavísur 12’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 175.

Einarr SkúlasonLausavísur


The helmingr (ESk Lv 12) is found in Orms-Eddu-brot in W (main ms.), which contains a three-page text of Skm not found in any other ms. The first two lines are also given in LaufE (mss 2368ˣ, 743ˣ) and in RE 1665(Ff3), from a LaufE ms. The poet is identified as Einarr in all mss, and the stanza appears to have been part of a lausavísa about a woman.

text and translation

Hrynja lét in hvíta
hausmjǫll ofan lausa
strind aurriða strandar
stalls af svarðar fjalli.

{In hvíta strind {stalls {aurriða strandar}}} lét {hausmjǫll} hrynja lausa ofan af {fjalli svarðar}.
‘The white land of the resting-place of the trout of the beach [SERPENT > GOLD > WOMAN] let the skull’s powder-snow [HAIR] fall loose down from the mountain of the scalp [HEAD].

notes and context

Hausmjǫll ‘the skull’s powder-snow’ is given as an example of a kenning for ‘hair’.



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.

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