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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Lv 14III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Lausavísur 14’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 177.

Einarr SkúlasonLausavísur


These two stanzas are recorded only in LaufE (mss papp10ˣ, 2368ˣ, 743ˣ) and RE 1665, where they form a sequence with Lv 8-9 above. Ms. 743ˣ, which offers the better readings, is the main ms. The poet’s name is given as Einarr Skúlason (LaufE; Autore Einarr, RE 1665). Like Lv 8-9, Lv 14-15 are also characterised by sequences of short main clauses that each occupy one line (áttmælt ‘eight-times spoken’, see Introduction to Lv 8-9).

text and translation

Stórt fellr gyrðill Garta;
grefr vindr Þrumu linda;
þýtr svalfjǫturr Selju;
svellr undrum men Hrundar.
Allt skelfr Brimlar belti;
brestr ern sili Hernar;
œst ferr umbgerð Hristar;
óðrs hringrinn Þrymlinga.

{Gyrðill Garta} fellr stórt; vindr grefr {linda Þrumu}; {svalfjǫturr Selju} þýtr; {men Hrundar} svellr undrum. {Allt belti Brimlar} skelfr; {ern sili Hernar} brestr; {umbgerð Hristar} ferr œst; óðrs {hringrinn Þrymlinga}.
‘The girdle of Garten <island> [SEA] crashes mightily; the wind carves the band of Tromøy <island> [SEA]; the cool fetter of Selja <island> [SEA] roars; the necklace of Runde <island> [SEA] swells terribly. The entire belt of Briml <island> [SEA] trembles; the vigorous harness-strap of Hernar <island> [SEA] bursts; the sheath of Riste <island> [SEA] moves madly; furious is the ring of Tromlingene <island> [SEA].

notes and context

As Lv 8-9 above in LaufE and RE 1665.



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, 11. Lausavísur 13: AI, 485, BI, 457, Skald I, 225; LaufE 1979, 267-8, 343; Resen 1977, Ee3.


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