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Mark Eirdr 15II

Jayne Carroll (ed.) 2009, ‘Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa 15’ 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. 445-6.

Markús SkeggjasonEiríksdrápa

kindir ‘the descendants’

kind (noun f.; °-ar; -r): offspring, race

[1] kindir: ‘kinndur’ 180b


risnumaðr ‘The doughty man’

risnumaðr (noun m.): [doughty man]


tók ‘linked’

2. taka (verb): take


hamalt ‘in a wedge-shaped formation’

hamall (adj.): wedge-shaped


[3] hamalt ‘in a wedge-shaped formation’: See ÞjóðA Run 1/4 and Note to Gísl Magnkv 10/6.


knôttu ‘began’

knega (verb): to know, understand, be able to

[3] knôttu: ‘guattu’ 180b


þá ‘then’

2. þá (adv.): then

[3] þá: þá er 180b


glymja ‘to resound’

glymja (verb): resound


fylkði ‘marshalled’

fylkja (verb): marshal


miklu ‘his great’

mikill (adj.; °mikinn): great, large


[4] miklu ‘great’: The word does not provide the required aðalhending and all modern eds except Knýtl 1919-25 emend here. As all the mss agree on miklu (which makes good sense), it is retained here, despite the metrical infidelity. Skj B emends to gildu ‘splendid’, qualifying liði ‘troop’ (l. 4). Skald’s emendation to mildi ‘generous’, qualifying hildingr ‘prince’ is perhaps preferable to gildu, as it retains the first two letters of the ms. readings, and, as NN §3104 notes, it anticipates mildingr in the next st. A further possible emendation which would restore the aðalhending is vildru ‘desirable, splendid’, qualifying liði.


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As st. 14 above. When the Wendish chieftains heard that the Dan. army was approaching, they mustered their troops. Eiríkr put to shore and marshalled his army.


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