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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 25I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Vellekla 25’ 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. 314.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonVellekla

text and translation

Hitt vas auk, at eykir
aurborðs á vit norðan
und sigrunni svinnum
sunnr Danmarkar runnu.
Ok holmfjǫturs hjalmi
Hǫrða valdr of faldinn
Dofra danskra jǫfra
dróttinn fund of sótti.

Hitt vas auk, at {eykir aurborðs} runnu norðan und {svinnum sigrunni} sunnr á vit Danmarkar. Ok {valdr Hǫrða}, {dróttinn Dofra}, of faldinn hjalmi {holmfjǫturs}, of sótti fund danskra jǫfra.
‘It also happened that the draught-animals of the plank [SHIPS] ran from the north under the wise victory-tree [WARRIOR] south towards Denmark. And the ruler of the Hǫrðar [NORWEGIAN RULER = Hákon jarl], the lord of the Dofrar [NORWEGIAN RULER = Hákon jarl], wearing the helmet of the island-fetter [= Miðgarðsormr], sought a meeting with the Danish rulers.

notes and context

Emperor Otto II raises a great army of Saxons, Franks, Frisians and Wends, together with allies including Óláfr Tryggvason. The Danish king Haraldr blátǫnn ‘Blue-tooth’ sends Hákon jarl with his host to the Danavirki (Danevirke) to defend the border. Hkr and ÓT cite sts 25 and 26 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 26: AI, 128, BI, 121, Skald I, 68, NN §1854B; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 299, IV, 80, ÍF 26, 256, Hkr 1991, I, 171-2 (ÓTHkr ch. 26), F 1871, 111; Fms 1, 122-3, Fms 12, 36, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 136 (ch. 69).


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