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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 31II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 31’ 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. 459-60.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Ræsir lét af roðnum hausi
Rínar sól á marfjǫll skína.

Ræsir lét {sól Rínar} skína af roðnum hausi á {marfjǫll}.
‘The king made the sun of the Rhine <river> [GOLD] shine from the reddened skull onto the sea-mountains [WAVES].

notes and context

As sts 1-2 above. In SnE (Skm) the name of the second son of Hálfdan and Alvig, Ræsir, is given as a heiti for kings and jarls.



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 6: AI, 445, BI, 415, Skald I, 205; SnE 1848-87, I, 518-19, II, 342, 539, 606, SnE 1931, 182, SnE 1998, I, 101.


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