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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þskakk Erldr 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa 3’ 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. 635.

Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáldErlingsdrápa

text and translation

Urð dró austan fjarðar
Erlingr at víkingum,
— mein fekk margr af Kœnu
maðr — es hann fór þaðra.
Fœrðr vas fleinn meðal herða
Fríreks; ofarr nekkvi
skolldi óþarfr ǫldum
illgjarn við tré Bjarni.

Erlingr dró urð at víkingum austan fjarðar, es hann fór þaðra; margr maðr fekk mein af Kœnu. Fleinn vas fœrðr meðal herða Fríreks; nekkvi ofarr skolldi illgjarn Bjarni, óþarfr ǫldum, við tré.
‘Erlingr brought death to the vikings east of the fjord when he went there; many a man got grief from Kœna (‘Little-boat’). The anchor-fluke was placed between Frírekr’s shoulders; somewhat higher up, evil-eager Bjarni, harmful to people, swung from a tree.

notes and context

After the execution of the royal pretender Sigurðr Markússfóstri (1163), some of his former adherents, among them Frírekr kœna and Bjarni inn illi, began to plunder in Viken. Erlingr skakki, who had spent the winter in Kungälv (Kunungahella), went north to Viken and captured the two of them. He bound Fríkekr to an anchor and plunged him into the sea, and he hanged Bjarni.



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: Þórbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa 3: AI, 535, BI, 516, Skald I, 252; ÍF 28, 394-5 (MErl ch. 20), F 1871, 372, E 1916, 239; Fms 7, 303-4 (MErl ch. 12).


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