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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 18II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 18’ 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. 447-8.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Blóði dreif á randgarð rauðan;
rógs hegnir drap ótal þegna;
framði sik, þars folkvôpn glumðu,
fylkir ungr, en brynjur sprungu.

Blóði dreif á rauðan randgarð; {hegnir rógs} drap ótal þegna; ungr fylkir framði sik, þars folkvôpn glumðu, en brynjur sprungu.
‘Blood splattered onto the red shield-wall; the punisher of discord [JUST RULER] killed an untold number of men; the young ruler distinguished himself where battle-weapons resounded and mail-coats sprang apart.

notes and context

As sts. 14-17 above. St. 18 follows st. 17 without intervening prose.



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 20: AI, 448, BI, 417, Skald I, 206; 1741, 154-5, ÍF 35, 224 (ch. 76).


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