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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 14II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 14’ 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. 445.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Yngvi helt í óðastrǫngum
ǫldugangi skipum þangat;
hlýða skalf, en hristi grœðir
hélug bǫrð fyr Vinða gǫrðum.

Yngvi helt skipum þangat í óðastrǫngum ǫldugangi; hlýða skalf, en grœðir hristi hélug bǫrð fyr gǫrðum Vinða.
‘The king steered his ships there in the furiously turbulent motion of the waves; the washboard trembled, and the ocean shook the frosted prows offshore from the settlements of the Wends.

notes and context

This helmingr and the following eight sts document Eiríkr’s expedition to Wendland and his victory there over Emperor Henry IV’s puppet chieftains and their men.

Saxo gives no detailed accounts of this or any other expeditions against the Wends. The prose narrative of Knýtl relies heavily on the content of the poetry.



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 16: AI, 447, BI, 416, Skald I, 206; 1741, 152-3, ÍF 35, 222 (ch. 76).


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