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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 20II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 20’ 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. 449.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Heiðin vôru hjǫrtu lýða
hryggðarfull í Vinða byggðum;
eldi sveif of ótal haulda;
Eirekr brenndi sali þeira.
Eisur kyndusk hôtt í húsum;
hallir nôðu vítt at falla;
óttu leið, en uppi þótti
elris grand í himni standa.

Heiðin hjǫrtu lýða vôru hryggðarfull í byggðum Vinða; eldi sveif of ótal haulda; Eirekr brenndi sali þeira. Eisur kyndusk hôtt í húsum; hallir nôðu at falla vítt; óttu leið, en {grand elris} þótti standa uppi í himni.
‘The heathen hearts of people were sorrowful in the settlements of the Wends; fire swept around an untold number of freeholders; Eiríkr burned their halls. Flames were kindled high in the houses; halls fell far and wide; night passed, and the harmer of the alder-tree [FIRE] seemed to stretch up into heaven.

notes and context

As sts 14-19. After the victory described in st. 19, Eiríkr set out with his army to punish the insubordinate Wends, burning districts far and wide.



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 22: AI, 448-9, BI, 417-18, Skald I, 206; 1741, 156-7, ÍF 35, 225-6 (ch. 76).


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