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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 32II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 32’ 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. 460.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Fjarri hefr at fœðisk dýrri
flotna vǫrðr á élkers botni
— hôva leyfir hverr maðr ævi
hringvarpaðar — gjalfri kringðum.

Fjarri hefr at {dýrri vǫrðr flotna} fœðisk á {gjalfri kringðum botni {élkers}}; hverr maðr leyfir hôva ævi {hringvarpaðar}.
‘It is unlikely that a more precious guardian of sea-warriors [RULER] might be born on the surge-encircled bottom of the storm-vessel [SKY/HEAVEN > EARTH]; each person praises the noble life of the ring-thrower [GENEROUS RULER].

notes and context

This helmingr is cited in SnE (Skm) in a section illustrating kennings for ‘sky’. The first l. is repeated in the following section, on kennings for ‘earth’. In B, the half-st. is recorded in a section with kennings for ‘the world’ and l. 1 is repeated in the subsequent section with kennings for ‘earth’.

The content of the helmingr contains formulas characteristic of the conclusions of royal encomia (see Fidjestøl 1982, 153).



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 3: AI, 445, BI, 414, Skald I, 204; SnE 1848-87, I, 318-19, 322-3, II, 527, 528, SnE 1931, 114, 115, SnE 1998, I, 34, 36.


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