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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 18I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Vellekla 18’ 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. 305.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonVellekla

text and translation

Enn reið ǫðru sinni
jarl borðmǫrum norðan;
sǫngherðir lét sverða
sótt Ragnfrøði at móti.

Enn reið jarl ǫðru sinni {borðmǫrum} norðan; {{sverða sǫng}herðir} lét sótt at móti Ragnfrøði.
‘Yet a second time the jarl rode the gunwale-horses [SHIPS] from the north; the strengthener of the song of swords [(lit. ‘song-strengthener of swords’) BATTLE > RULER] advanced to an encounter with Ragnfrøðr.

notes and context

Ragnfrøðr Eiríksson comes to Norway after Hákon has ruled there for one year, demanding that he relinquish power to him. Hákon confronts him with an army.



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 19: AI, 126, BI, 120, Skald I, 67; Fsk 1902-3, 71 (ch. 14), ÍF 29, 113 (ch. 16).


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