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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 21II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 21’ 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. 450.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Eirekr vas með uppreist hôri;
undan flýðu Vinðr af stundu;
gjǫld festu þá grimmir hauldar;
gumnar urðu sigri numnir.
Yngvi talði erfðir þangat;
alþýða varð stilli hlýða;
veldi réð því ástvinr aldar
einart; lá þat fyrr und Sveini.

Eirekr vas með hôri uppreist; Vinðr flýðu undan af stundu; grimmir hauldar festu þá gjǫld; gumnar urðu numnir sigri. Yngvi talði erfðir þangat; alþýða varð hlýða stilli; {ástvinr aldar} réð því veldi einart; þat lá fyrr und Sveini.
‘Eiríkr had great success; the Wends fled from there without delay; fierce freeholders then pledged tribute; men were deprived of victory. The king declared his inheritance rights there; all the people had to obey the prince; the beloved friend of people [RULER] ruled that realm continuously; that lay previously under Sveinn.

notes and context

As sts 14-20 above. At the end of the campaign, Eiríkr exacted heavy payments from the Wends and reclaimed his ancestral territory.



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 23: AI, 449, BI, 417-18, Skald I, 206; 1741, 156-7, ÍF 35, 226 (ch. 76).


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