Einarr Skúlason, ‘Apardjón, 1153’
Frétt hefk, at fell –
folks brustu svell –
jöfurr eyddi frið –
I have heard tell –
That like ice sheets swords shattered –
The prince destroyed peace –
And Apardion fell.
Einarr Skúlason was an eleventh-centruy Icelandic priest and skald, or court poet. He served as marshall to Haraldr Gilli’s son Eysteinn, whose raid on Aberdeen is described in the Icelandic saga Morkinskinna. ‘Apardjón, 1153’ can be found in Hazel Hutchison and Alan Spence’s Aberdeen: An Aberdeen Anthology (Polygon, 2009). Other featured poets with Aberdeen connections include William Dunbar, Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Iain Crichton Smith, Sheena Blackhall and Jackie Kay.