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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eil Þdr 10III

Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 10’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 96.

Eilífr GoðrúnarsonÞórsdrápa

text and translation

unz með ýta sinni
— aflraun vas þat — skaunar
á seilhimin sjóla
sjalflopta kom Þjalfi.
Œddu stáli stríðan
straum Hrekkmímis ekkjur;
stophnísu fór steypir
stríðlundr með vǫl Gríðar.

unz Þjalfi kom sjalflopta á {seilhimin} sjóla með {sinni {ýta skaunar}}; þat vas aflraun. {Ekkjur Hrekkmímis} œddu straum stríðan stáli; {steypir {stophnísu}} fór stríðlundr með vǫl Gríðar.
‘until Þjálfi came hovering through the air on the strap-sky [SHIELD] of the ruler with the helper of the launchers of the shield [WARRIORS > LEADER = Þórr]; it was a test of strength. The widows of Hrekkmímir <giant> [GIANTESSES] infuriated the stream, harsh against the weapon; the overcomer of the cliff-porpoise [GIANTESS > = Þórr] went stubbornly with the staff of Gríðr <troll-woman>.

notes and context

See Context to st. 1.

Ms. R is damaged and ll. 3-6 are illegible; hence W is used as the main ms. for this stanza. — [1-4]: The first sentence of the stanza is syntactically dependent on the last clause of the previous stanza, hence the first word is written in lower case.



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: Eilífr Goðrúnarson, 2. Þórsdrápa 9: AI, 150, BI, 141, Skald I, 77, NN §§453, 1507, 1832; SnE 1848-87, I, 296-7, III, 31, SnE 1931, 108, SnE 1998, I, 27.


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