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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Eirm 1I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Eiríksmál 1’ 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. 1006.

Anonymous PoemsEiríksmál

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‘Hvat es þat drauma *,         es ek hugðumk fyr dag lítlu
Valhǫll ryðja         fyr vegnu folki?
Vakða ek einherja,         bað ek upp rísa
bekki at stráa,         borðker at leyðra,
valkyrjur vín bera,         sem vísi komi.

‘Hvat es þat drauma *, es ek hugðumk lítlu fyr dag ryðja Valhǫll fyr vegnu folki? Vakða ek einherja, bað ek rísa upp at stráa bekki, at leyðra borðker, valkyrjur bera vín, sem vísi komi.
‘‘What kind of dream is this, that I thought that a little before daybreak I was preparing Valhǫll for a slain army? I awakened the einherjar, I asked them to get up to strew the benches, to rinse the drinking cups, [I asked] valkyries to bring wine, as if a leader should come.

notes and context

In Fsk, the whole of the extant poem is cited without interruption after an account of the fall of Eiríkr blóðøx and Gunnhildr’s commissioning of the work (see Introduction). In SnE (Skm), Snorri quotes this stanza in a collection of stanzas illustrating poetic references to Óðinn (mostly kennings).



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: Anonyme digte og vers [X], I. A. [1]. Eiríksmál 1: AI, 174, BI, 164, Skald I, 89; Fsk 1902-3, 28 (ch. 7), ÍF 29, 77-8 (ch. 8); SnE 1848-87, I, 240-3, II, 304-5, 520, SnE 1931, 91, SnE 1998, I, 10, 159; Möbius 1860, 231, Gordon 1957, 148, Jón Helgason 1968, 22. 


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