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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 13II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 13’ 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, p. 444.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Veldi þorðut Vinðr at halda,
— villa gerðisk þeim at illu —
— sunnan kom þá svikdómsmanna
sáttarof — þats buðlungr átti.

Vinðr þorðut at halda veldi, þats buðlungr átti; villa gerðisk þeim at illu; þá kom sáttarof svikdómsmanna sunnan.
‘The Wends had not dared to retain control of the realm which the ruler possessed; error turned to misery for them; then came [news of] the truce-breaking of the treacherous men from the south.

notes and context

While Eiríkr was away on his journey to Rome, the Wends had abandoned their loyalty to him. This st. is quoted after the account of the Saxon emperor Henry VI’s (r. 1056-1106) conquest of the Dan. province in Wendland, and his appointment of Bjǫrn, one of his chieftains, as ruler there.

According to Saxo (2005, II, 12, 4, 2, pp. 72-3), the campaign against the Wends took place prior to Eiríkr’s journey to Rome, and it was provoked by pirates from Wollin who plundered in Denmark. Saxo also notes that Eiríkr led a total of three campaigns against the Wends, but he does not specify when the second and the third took place (which could have been after Eiríkr’s return from Rome).



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 15: AI, 447, BI, 416, Skald I, 206; 1741, 152-3, ÍF 35, 222 (ch. 75).


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