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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 5II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 5’ 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. 437-8.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Drengir þôgu auð af yngva;
ǫrr fylkir gaf sverð ok knǫrru;
Eirekr veitti opt ok stórum
armleggjar rǫf dýrðarseggjum.
Hringum eyddi harra sløngvir
hildarramr, en stillir framði
fyrða kyn, svát flestir urðu,
Fróða stóls, af hônum góðir.

Drengir þôgu auð af yngva; ǫrr fylkir gaf sverð ok knǫrru; Eirekr veitti dýrðarseggjum opt ok stórum {rǫf armleggjar}. {Hildarramr sløngvir harra} eyddi hringum, en {stillir {stóls Fróða}} framði kyn fyrða, svát flestir urðu góðir af hônum.
‘The warriors received wealth from the king; the generous leader gave swords and merchantships; Eiríkr granted glorious men often and freely the amber of the arm [GOLD]. The battle-mighty disperser of lords [RULER] destroyed rings, and the controller of Fróði’s seat [= Denmark > = Eiríkr] advanced the kin of men, so that most became wealthy through him.

notes and context

The st. illustrates Eiríkr’s munificence.

For a similar display of royal generosity, see Steinn Óldr 13-16.



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 7: AI, 445-6, BI, 415, Skald I, 205-6; 1741, 144-5, ÍF 35, 214-15 (ch. 71).


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