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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞKolb Eirdr 9I

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa 9’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 501.

Þórðr KolbeinssonEiríksdrápa

text and translation

Veitk, fyr Erling útan
ár at hersar vôru
(lofak fasta Tý) flestir
(farlands) vinir jarla.
Enn ept víg frá Veigu
— velk orð at styr — norðan
land eða lengra stundu
lagðisk suðr til Agða.

Veitk, at flestir hersar, fyr útan Erling, vôru ár vinir jarla; lofak {Tý {fasta {farlands}}}. Enn ept víg lagðisk land norðan frá Veigu suðr til Agða eða stundu lengra; velk orð at styr.
‘I know that most hersar, other than Erlingr, were previously friends of the jarls; I praise the Týr <god> of the fire of the vessel-land [SEA > GOLD > MAN = Eiríkr]. And after the battle the land was subjected from Vega in the north south as far as Agder or somewhat further; I choose words about the battle.

notes and context

After the battle of Svǫlðr, Norway is divided betweeen Eiríkr jarl, King Sveinn tjúguskegg ‘Fork-beard’ of Denmark, and King Óláfr sœnski ‘the Swede’. Hkr and ÓT cite this and st. 10. Fsk cites st. 9/5-8, forming a stanza with st. 10/5-8, at this point, then cites st. 9/1-4 as an isolated helmingr in a later account of Eiríkr jarl’s raiding activities and his rule in Norway. In SnE (Skm), the second helmingr is cited in a section on terms for ‘earth’, here land.

On the configuration of helmingar in Hkr and Fsk, see Context above and Introduction.



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: Þórðr Kolbeinsson, 3. Eiríksdrápa 6: AI, 215, BI, 204, Skald I, 107; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 458, IV, 104, ÍF 26, 371, Hkr 1991, I, 252 (ÓTHkr ch. 113), F 1871, 167; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 300 (ch. 260), Flat 1860-8, I, 533; Fsk 1902-3, 134, 138 (chs 23, 24), ÍF 29, 163, 166 (chs 25, 26); SnE 1848-87, I, 474, II, 448, 593, SnE 1931, 167, SnE 1998, I, 86, 209.


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