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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hák 2I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál 2’ 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. 176.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonHákonarmál

text and translation

Bróður fundu þær Bjarnar         í brynju fara,
konung inn kostsama,         kominn und gunnfana.
Drúpðu dolgráar,         en darraðr hristisk;
        upp vas þá hildr of hafin.

Þær fundu {bróður Bjarnar} fara í brynju, inn kostsama konung, kominn und gunnfana. {Dolgráar} drúpðu, en darraðr hristisk; hildr vas þá upp of hafin.
‘They [the valkyries] found Bjǫrn’s brother [= Hákon] putting on a mail-shirt, that admirable king, stationed under his battle-standard. Enmity-yard-arms [SPEARS] drooped, and the banner shook; the battle was then begun.

notes and context

See st. 1.

For the battle of Fitjar (c. 961), see also sts 3-9 below, Eyv Lv 1-5, ÞSjár Þórdr and Glúmr Lv . — [5-7]: Here the metre changes from málaháttr to ljóðaháttr.



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: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, 1. Hákonarmál 2: AI, 64, BI, 57, Skald I, 35; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 212, 219, IV, 54, ÍF 26, 186,193, Hkr 1991, I, 119, 125 (HákGóð chs 30, 32), F 1871, 81; Fsk 1902-3, 39 (ch. 11), ÍF 29, 86-7 (ch. 12); Möbius 1860, 232, Jón Helgason 1968, 25, Krause 1990, 40-8.


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