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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 1II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 433-4.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Harra kveðk at hróðrgjǫrð dýrri
hauklundaðan Dana grundar.

Kveðk {hauklundaðan harra grundar Dana} at dýrri hróðrgjǫrð.
‘I summon the hawk-minded lord of the land of the Danes [= Nikulás Sveinsson] to a choice work of praise.

notes and context

This couplet is cited in SnE (Skm) in a section illustrating the poetic use of the names of the sons of Hálfdan gamli ‘the Old’ and Alvig in spaka ‘the Wise’ to designate kings and jarls. The name illustrated is that of the ninth son, Harri or Herra (harri ‘lord’ is a common noun).



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: Markús Skeggjason, 1. Eiríksdrápa 1: AI, 444, BI, 414, Skald I, 204; SnE 1848-87, I, 520-1, II, 343, 607, SnE 1931, 182, SnE 1998, I, 102.


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