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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 35I

Edith Marold (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, Vellekla 35’ 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. 327.

Einarr skálaglamm HelgasonVellekla

text and translation

Fjallvǫnðum gaf fylli,
(fullr varð) en spjǫr gullu,
herstefnandi hrǫfnum
(hrafn á ylgjar tafni).

{Herstefnandi} gaf fjallvǫnðum hrǫfnum fylli, en spjǫr gullu; hrafn varð fullr á {tafni ylgjar}.
‘The army-summoner [RULER] gave the mountain-accustomed ravens their fill, and spears resounded; the raven was sated on the prey of the she-wolf [CORPSE].

notes and context

This helmingr is the first example cited in a passage on names for ‘raven’ in both SnE (Skm) and LaufE.

The very general content of the stanza makes it unclear whether it even belongs to Vell or has any relation to the battle against the Jómsvíkingar; see Introduction.



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 36: AI, 131, BI, 123-4, Skald I, 69; SnE 1848-87, I, 488, II, 456, 543, 597, SnE 1931, 172, SnE 1998, I, 91; LaufE 1979, 351.


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