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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 16II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 16’ 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. 446.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Styrjǫld óx of stilli ǫrvan;
stengr bôru framm vísa drengir;
mildingr gekk at miklum hjaldri
malmi skrýddr ok faldinn hjalmi.

Styrjǫld óx of ǫrvan stilli; drengir vísa bôru framm stengr; mildingr gekk skrýddr malmi ok faldinn hjalmi at miklum hjaldri.
‘Battle increased around the generous ruler; the leader’s warriors carried the standard-poles forward; the generous one advanced, dressed in metal and clad in a helmet, to the great tumult.

notes and context

As sts 14-15 above. Eiríkr had his men carry the standards forward, the battle commenced, and he himself fought at the front of his army protected by his byrnie and helmet.



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 18: AI, 448, BI, 417, Skald I, 206; 1741, 154-5, ÍF 35, 223-4 (ch. 76).


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