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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 19I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Vellekla 19’ 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. 306.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonVellekla

text and translation

Hóf und hyrjar kneyfi
— hraut unda fjǫl — Þundar
— þat sleit víg á vági —
vandar dýr at landi.
Né fjǫlsnerrinn fyrri
fégildandi vildi
— vægðit jarl fyr jǫfri —
Yggs niðr friðar biðja.

Hóf {dýr vandar} at landi und {kneyfi {hyrjar Þundar}}; fjǫl unda hraut; þat sleit víg á vági. {Fjǫlsnerrinn fégildandi niðr Yggs} né vildi biðja friðar fyrri; jarl vægðit fyr jǫfri.
‘The beast of the mast [SHIP] was carried towards land under the destroyer of the fire of Þundr <= Óðinn> [SWORD > WARRIOR = Hákon jarl]; a multitude of wounds spurted; that broke off the battle on the sea. The war-seasoned generous descendant of Yggr <= Óðinn> [= Hákon jarl] did not want to be the first to ask for peace; the jarl did not yield to the prince.

notes and context

Since Hákon has fewer ships but a larger land force, he lands and challenges Ragnfrøðr Eiríksson to do battle with him there; but because he fears Hákon’s host, Ragnfrøðr declines. Fsk cites sts 19 and 20, which both refer to this event, without interruption.



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 20: AI, 126-7, BI, 120, Skald I, 67, NN §§1626, 2240A, 2441; Fsk 1902-3, 71 (ch. 14), ÍF 29, 113 (ch. 16).


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