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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Edáð Banddr 3I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa 3’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 460.

Eyjólfr dáðaskáldBandadrápa

text and translation

Folkstýrir vas fára
†finnsk ǫlknarrar linna†
suðr at sævar naðri
†setbergs† gamall vetra,
áðr at Yggjar brúði
élhvetjanda setja
Hildar hjalmi faldinn
hoddmildingar vildu.

{Folkstýrir} vas fára vetra gamall suðr at {naðri sævar} †finnsk ǫlknarrar linna setbergs†, áðr {hoddmildingar} vildu setja {{Hildar él}hvetjanda}, faldinn hjalmi, at {brúði Yggjar}.
‘The troop-leader [RULER] was, [when] a few years old, in the south on the adder of the sea [SHIP], ... before the treasure-bestowers [GENEROUS MEN] wished to place the inciter of the storm of Hildr <valkyrie> [(lit. ‘storm-inciter of Hildr’) BATTLE > WARRIOR], attired in his helmet, over the bride of Yggr <= Óðinn> [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘land’)].

notes and context

After killing Skopti, Eiríkr sails south to Denmark where king Haraldr blátǫnn appoints him jarl and places him in control over the Norwegian provinces of Raumaríki (Romerike) and Vingulmǫrk.



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: Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa 3: AI, 200, BI, 191, Skald I, 101, NN §552; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 291, IV, 78-9, ÍF 26, 250-1, Hkr 1991, I, 167-8 (ÓTHkr ch. 20), F 1871, 109.


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