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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Hákdr 1I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Hákonardrápa 1’ 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. 279.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonHákonardrápa1

text and translation

Byggði lǫnd, en lunda
lék orð á því, forðum
Gamla kind, sús granda,
gunnborðs, véum þorði.
Nús afrendra jǫfra
Ullr geirvaðils þeira
sóknar hvatr at setri
settr hverjum gram betri.

{Kind Gamla}, sús þorði granda véum, byggði forðum lǫnd, en orð {lunda {gunnborðs}} lék á því. Nús {Ullr {geirvaðils}}, hvatr sóknar, betri hverjum gram, settr at setri þeira afrendra jǫfra.
‘The kin of Gamli [= Eiríkssynir], who dared to destroy sanctuaries, once occupied the lands, and the talk of the trees of the battle-board [SHIELD > WARRIORS] was about that. Now the Ullr <god> of the spear-ford [SHIELD > WARRIOR = Hákon jarl], bold in battle, better than any ruler, is established upon the seat of those powerful princes.

notes and context

Fsk cites this stanza immediately after Vell 15 and 17, which praise the restoration of heathenism in Norway following Hákon jarl’s rise to power.



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 Helgason skálaglamm, 1. Drape om Hakon jarl: AI, 122, BI, 116, Skald I, 65, NN §2736; Fsk 1847, 37, Fsk 1902-3, 70 (ch. 14), ÍF 29, 112 (ch. 16).


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