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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 7II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 7’ 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. 439.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Hróðigr átti brynþings beiðir
bjartan auð ok frœknligt hjarta
minni gnógt ok manvit annat
mest; fylgðu því hvergi lestir.
Alla hafði ǫðlingr snilli;
ungr nam hann á margar tungur;
Eirekr vas, sás mátti meira,
mestr ofrhugi, jǫfri flestum.

{Hróðigr beiðir {brynþings}} átti bjartan auð ok frœknligt hjarta, gnógt minni ok mest annat manvit; lestir fylgðu hvergi því. Ǫðlingr hafði alla snilli; ungr nam hann á margar tungur; Eirekr, sás mátti meira flestum jǫfri, vas mestr ofrhugi.
‘The famed convenor of the byrnie-meeting [BATTLE > WARRIOR] had bright wealth and a brave heart, abundant memory and other common sense to the highest degree; flaws did not accompany that. The ruler had absolute eloquence; when young he learned many languages; Eiríkr, who could do more than most princes, was the most courageous.

notes and context

Eiríkr’s personal qualities of intelligence, courage and eloquence.

According to Saxo (2005, II, 12, 3, 2-3, pp. 66-9), Eiríkr had a superior intellect, he was very eloquent and an excellent speaker at assemblies. Saxo also emphasises his great stature and physical strength.



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 9: AI, 446, BI, 415, Skald I, 205; 1741, 146-7, ÍF 35, 217 (ch. 73).


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