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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Frag 13III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Fragments 13’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 163.

Einarr SkúlasonFragments

text and translation

Sundr springr svalra landa
sverrigjǫrð fyr bǫrðum.

{Sverrigjǫrð svalra landa} springr sundr fyr bǫrðum.
‘The swirling girdle of cool lands [SEA] splits asunder before the bows.

notes and context

As Frag 9-12 above. Sverrigjǫrð svalra landa ‘the swirling girdle of cool lands’ is a kenning for ‘sea’.

The stanza is preceded by a brief prose link, ok en svá ‘and again, thus’ (R), with some variants.



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, 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 13: AI, 481, BI, 453, Skald I, 223; SnE 1848-87, I, 328-9, II, 317, 530, III, 53, SnE 1931, 117, SnE 1998, I, 38.


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