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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Lv 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Lausavísur 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. 571-2.

Einarr SkúlasonLausavísur

text and translation

Oss lét abbatissa
angri firð of svangann,
dygg þótt víf in vígðu
víti fyrðar, gyrða.
Enn til áts með nunnum
(ógnarrakks) á Bakka,
(drós gladdit vin vísa)
vasat stallarinn kallaðr.

Abbatissa, firð angri, lét oss gyrða of svangann, þótt fyrðar víti dygg víf in vígðu. Enn stallarinn vasat kallaðr til áts með nunnum á Bakka; drós gladdit vin ógnarrakks vísa.
‘The abbess, removed from worries, made us [me] tighten the belt around the flank, although men may reproach the faithful consecrated women [for that]. And the marshal was not summoned to eat with the nuns at Bakke; the lady did not cheer the friend of the battle-brave leader.

notes and context

Einarr visits the nunnery at Nonneseter (Bakke, Trondheim) and fails to appear when King Eysteinn Haraldsson sits down to eat. To redeem himself, Einarr must recite a st. before the king finishes his drink.

As a retainer of the king, Einarr was expected to accompany Eysteinn to the table (see Holm-Olsen 1983, 57-8). — This and the following two sts must have been composed prior to the death of King Eysteinn Haraldsson (1157).



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 5: AI, 483, BI, 455, Skald I, 224, NN §§963, 2489; Mork 1867, 227, Mork 1928-32, 446, Andersson and Gade 2000, 393, 495 (Hsona).


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