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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 28II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 28’ 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. 457-8.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Hildingr þá við hæst lof aldar
hǫfgan auð í gulli rauðu
halfa lest af harra sjǫlfum
harða vitr í Miklagarði.
Áðan tók við allvalds klæðum
Eirekr; þó vas gefit fleira;
reynir veitti herskip hônum
hersa máttar sex ok átta.

Harða vitr hildingr þá við hæst lof aldar hǫfgan auð í rauðu gulli, halfa lest, af harra sjǫlfum í Miklagarði. Áðan tók Eirekr við klæðum allvalds; þó vas fleira gefit; {reynir máttar hersa} veitti hônum sex ok átta herskip.
‘The very wise ruler received along with the highest praise of men weighty wealth in red gold, half a lest, from the lord himself in Constantinople. Previously Eiríkr accepted the clothes of the mighty ruler; yet even more was given; the trier of the might of hersar [RULER = Byzantine emperor] granted him six and eight warships.

notes and context

The reception that Eiríkr received from Emperor Alexios when he arrived in Constantinople.

For Eiríkr’s splendid reception by the Byzantine emperor, see also Saxo (2005, II, 12, 7, 1-6, pp. 78-83). It is interesting that his stay in Constantinople is not documented at all in contemporary Gk sources (see ÍF 35, 238 n. 1).



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 30: AI, 451, BI, 419, Skald I, 207, NN §2790; 1741, 168-9, ÍF 35, 237-8 (ch. 81).


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