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Edáð Banddr 5I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa 5’ 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. 463.

Eyjólfr dáðaskáldBandadrápa
456

text and translation

Stœrir lét at Stauri
stafnviggs hǫfuð liggja
— gramr vélti svá — gumna.
Gunnblíðr ok ræðr síðan.
Sleit at sverða móti
svǫrð víkinga hǫrðu
unda már fyr eyri.
Jarl goðvǫrðu hjarli.

{Stœrir gumna} lét hǫfuð {stafnviggs} liggja at Stauri; gramr vélti svá. Gunnblíðr ok ræðr síðan … {Már unda} sleit svǫrð víkinga at {hǫrðu móti sverða} fyr eyri. Jarl goðvǫrðu hjarli …
 
‘ The strengthener of men [RULER] let the head of the prow-horse [SHIP] lie off Staurr; the ruler arranged it in this way. Rejoicing in battle and rules since then … The gull of wounds [RAVEN/EAGLE] ripped the scalp of the vikings in the hard meeting of swords [BATTLE] off the sand-spit. Jarl god-defended land …

notes and context

In Hkr st. 5 is placed almost immediately after st. 4 (similarly ÓT), describing Eiríkr’s expedition southward to Vinðland (Wendland) and attack on vikings there.

Lines 4 and 8 belong to the klofastef ‘split refrain’ and stand outside the syntax of the stanza; see st. 9 and Notes. — [8]: This line appears to echo KormǪ Sigdr 2/4III hjarls Sigvarði/Sigurði jarli, which may also have formed part of a stef (Fidjestøl 1982, 186; cf. Note to st. 2/8 above).

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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 5: AI, 201, BI, 191, Skald I, 101; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 416, IV, 94, ÍF 26, 338, Hkr 1991, I, 229-30 (ÓTHkr ch. 89), F 1871, 153; Fms 2, 288, Fms 12, 56, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 242 (ch. 243), Flat 1860-8, I, 519.

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