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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 22I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Vellekla 22’ 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. 309.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonVellekla

text and translation

Ok til móts á Meita
mjúkhurðum framm þurðu
með svǫrgœli Sǫrva
sjau landrekar randa.
Glumði allr, þás Ullar
eggþings Heðins veggjar
— gnótt flaut nás fyr nesjum —
Nóregr, saman fóru.

Ok sjau landrekar þurðu framm á {mjúkhurðum Meita} til {móts randa} með {{Sǫrva svǫr}gœli}. Allr Nóregr glumði, þás {Ullar {veggjar Heðins}} fóru saman {eggþings}; gnótt nás flaut fyr nesjum.
‘And seven commanders rushed onwards aboard the pliant doors of Meiti <sea-king> [SHIPS] to the meeting of shields [BATTLE] with the gladdener of the bird of Sǫrvi <sea-king> [RAVEN/EAGLE > WARRIOR]. All of Norway resounded, when the Ullar <gods> of the wall of Heðinn <legendary hero> [SHIELD > WARRIORS] crashed together in the blade-assembly [BATTLE]; an abundance of corpses was floating off the headlands.

notes and context

See Context to st. 21.



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 23: AI, 127, BI, 121, Skald I, 68; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 285-6, IV, 75-6, ÍF 26, 245-6, Hkr 1991, I, 164 (ÓTHkr ch. 18), F 1871, 107; Fms 1, 94, Fms 12, 34-5, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 102 (ÓT ch. 56); Fsk 1902-3, 73 (ch. 14), ÍF 29, 115 (ch. 16).


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