Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 2’ 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. 434-5.
Eireks lof verðr ǫld at heyra;
engi maðr veit fremra þengil
— yngvi helt við orðstír langan
jǫfra sess — í verǫld þessi.
Ǫld verðr at heyra lof Eireks; engi maðr veit fremra þengil í þessi verǫld; yngvi helt sess jǫfra við langan orðstír.
People must hear Eiríkr’s praise; no man knows a better ruler in this world; the king held the seat of princes with long-lasting glory.
Mss: R(40r), Tˣ(41v-42r), U(38v), A(15v), B(6v), 744ˣ(43v), C(9v) (SnE)
Readings:  maðr veit: veit ek A, B; fremra: fremða Tˣ, ‘f[…]’ B, ‘framra’ 744ˣ  orðstír: ‘erztyr’ Tˣ  jǫfra: ‘ofra’ C; sess: sessi U
Context: See st. 1. Yngvi is another of the sons of Hálfdan and Alvig. The helmingr is preceded by the prose statement, Yngvi; þat er konungs heiti, sem Markús kvað ‘Yngvi; that is a king-heiti, as Markús said’.
Notes: [All]: Fidjestøl (1982, 152-3) suggests that this helmingr could have been part of a refrain (stef). —  yngvi ‘the king’: Yngvi was the name of the ancestor of the Swed./Norw. Ynglingr dynasty and of various legendary kings and heroes (see LP: Yngvi). Markús is fond of this heiti for ‘king’, and he also uses it in sts 5/1, 14/1 and 21/5. —  í þessi verǫld ‘in this world’: It is possible to construe this phrase with the second cl.: yngvi helt sess jǫfra við langan orðstír í þessi verǫld ‘the king held the seat of princes with long-lasting glory in this world’ (ll. 3-4; so Skj B and Skald). The reading offered above is preferable, however, because it places a limit upon Eiríkr’s power, obliquely contrasting it with God’s omnipotence, which Eiríkr cannot rival.
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