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Eldj Lv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Eldjárn, Lausavísur 2’ 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. 407-8.

EldjárnLausavísur
12

text and translation

Frák, at flótta rôkuð
— falsk annat lið manna —
— þar vas harðr, es heyrðak,
hernaðr — á Foxerni.
Varð hjalmþrimu herðis
hár, þars staddir vôruð,
gangr, þars gauzka drengi
Giffarðr í hel barði.

Frák, at rôkuð flótta á Foxerni; annat lið manna falsk; þar vas harðr hernaðr, es heyrðak. Gangr {herðis {hjalmþrimu}} varð hár, þars vôruð staddir, þars Giffarðr barði gauzka drengi í hel.
 
‘I heard that you pursued those who fled at Fuxerna; the other host of men hid; it was hard fighting there, as I’ve heard. The success of the strengthener of the helmet-crash [BATTLE > WARRIOR] was immense where you stood, when Giffarðr beat Gautish warriors to death.

notes and context

Giffarðr’s behaviour at the battle of Fuxerna had been less than heroic, and Eldjárn’s st. thus constitutes haþ en eigi lof ‘mockery and not praise’ (Mork 1928-32, 326).

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