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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 27II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 27’ 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. 456-7.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Bôru menn ór borgum stórum
bleyðiskjarrs á móti harra
— sungit vas, þás herr tók hringja —
hnossum gǫfguð skrín ok krossa.
Aldri fær í annars veldi
jǫfra ríkir metnað slíkan;
eitt vas sér, þats jafnask mátti
engi maðr við Dana þengil.

Menn bôru skrín, gǫfguð hnossum, ok krossa ór stórum borgum á móti bleyðiskjarrs harra; vas sungit, þás herr tók hringja. {Ríkir jǫfra} fær aldri slíkan metnað í veldi annars; eitt vas sér, þats engi maðr mátti jafnask við {þengil Dana}.
‘Men carried reliquaries, decorated with precious ornaments, and crosses out of great towns towards the cowardice-shy lord; there was singing, when men began to ring. A ruler of princes [KING] will never receive such honour in the realm of another [ruler]; unique it was, that no man could equal the prince of the Danes [= Eiríkr].

notes and context

Eiríkr continued on his journey, and wherever he came, he was received by the townspeople with honour. Clerics met him with processions, carrying holy relics.

The prose of Knýtl preceding this st. is merely a paraphrase of the poetry.



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 29: AI, 450-1, BI, 419, Skald I, 207; 1741, 166-9, ÍF 35, 236 (ch. 81).


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