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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 5I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Vellekla 5’ 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. 289.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonVellekla

text and translation

Hljóta munk, né hlítik,
hertýs, of þat frýju,
fyr ǫrþeysi at ausa
austr vín-Gnóðar flausta.

Munk hljóta at ausa {{{{hertýs} vín}-Gnóðar} austr} fyr {ǫrþeysi flausta}; né hlítik frýju of þat.
‘It will fall to me to bale out the bilge-water of the Gnóð <ship> of the wine of the army-god [(lit. ‘bilge-water of the wine-Gnóð of the army-god’) = Óðinn > POEM > VAT > POEM] for the valiant racer of ships [SEAFARER = Hákon]; I will not endure a reproach on account of it.

notes and context

In SnE (Skm) the stanza is cited in a collection of stanzas illustrating poetic expressions (mostly kennings) for Óðinn.



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 3: AI, 123, BI, 117, Skald I, 66, NN §§1884A, B, 1923C; SnE 1848-87, I, 240, II, 304, 519, SnE 1931, 90, SnE 1998, I, 10.


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