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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 13I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Vellekla 13’ 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. 299.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonVellekla

text and translation

Sjau fylkjum kom silkis
(snúnaðr vas þat) brúna
geymir grundar síma
grandvarr und sik (landi).

{Grandvarr geymir {síma silkis {grundar brúna}}} kom sjau fylkjum und sik; þat vas snúnaðr landi.
‘The damage-wary keeper of the silken band of the land of the brows [HEAD > HEADBAND > RULER] brought seven fylki under himself; that was a change for the better for the land.

notes and context

The stanza is cited as evidence that Hákon jarl had conquered the entire country.



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, 3. Vellekla 14: AI, 125, BI, 119, Skald I, 67; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 280, IV, 72-3; ÍF 26, 241, Hkr 1991, I, 160 (ÓTHkr ch. 16), F 1871, 105; Fms 1, 91; Fms 12, 33-4, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 98 (ch. 55), Flat 1860-8, I, 86.


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