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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 30II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 30’ 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. 459.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Hvergi stóðusk hjǫrva borgar
hristimeiðar konungs reiði;
raunar varðat rǫnd við hônum
reist; gerðut þess jǫfrar freista.
Ógnir stóðu af jarla hegni;
engi þorði kapp at strengja
— flestir uggðu foldvǫrð hraustan —
fylkir snarr við Dana harra.

{Hristimeiðar {borgar hjǫrva}} stóðusk hvergi reiði konungs; raunar varðat rǫnd reist við hônum; jǫfrar gerðut freista þess. Ógnir stóðu af {hegni jarla}; engi snarr fylkir þorði at strengja kapp við {harra Dana}; flestir uggðu hraustan foldvǫrð.
‘The brandishing-trees of the stronghold of swords [SHIELD > WARRIORS] withstood not at all the rage of the king; in truth a shield was not raised against him; princes did not attempt this. Terrors were inspired by the punisher of jarls [KING]; not one keen leader dared to test his strength against the lord of the Danes [= Eiríkr]; most feared the brave land-guardian.

notes and context

The st. is cited after a summary of Eiríkr’s royal characteristics. It is the last st. of Eirdr recorded in Knýtl.



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 32: AI, 451-2, BI, 420, Skald I, 208; 1741, 170-1, ÍF 35, 239 (ch. 81).


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