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Einarr Skúlason (ESk)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

III. 2. Fragments (Frag) - 18

We know very little about the life of Einarr Skúlason (ESk). He is called prestr ‘priest’ and is mentioned in a catalogue (c. 1220) of priests of noble birth who were alive in western Iceland in 1143 (Stu 1878, II, 502). It is likely that he came from Borg, belonged to the Mýrar family and was a direct descendant of Þorsteinn Egilsson and a brother of Snorri Sturluson’s maternal grandfather (LH 1894-1901, II, 62-3; ÍF 3, 51 n. 3). He was probably born c. 1090. In 1153, he recited the poem Geisli ‘Light-beam’ (ESk GeislVII) in Kristkirken in Trondheim. He was marshal (stallari) at King Eysteinn Magnússon’s court, and he composed poetry in praise of the Norw. kings Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ and Eysteinn Magnússon, Haraldr gilli(-kristr) ‘Servant (of Christ)’, Magnús inn blindi ‘the Blind’ Sigurðarson, Haraldr gilli’s sons, Ingi, Sigurðr munnr ‘Mouth’, and Eysteinn, and about the Norw. chieftain Grégóríus Dagsson (see SnE 1848-87, III, 254-5, 263-4, 269, 276-7, 286). According to Skáldatal, he also honoured the Norw. magnate Eindriði ungi ‘the Young’ Jónsson as well as Sørkvir Kolsson and Jón jarl Sørkvisson of Sweden and King Sveinn Eiríksson of Denmark (SnE 1848-87, III, 252, 258, 260, 268-9, 272, 283, 286). About the latter he recited a poem for which he received no reward (see ESk Lv 3; ÍF 35, 275). The extant portion of his poetic oeuvre consists of the following poems (excluding lvv.): Sigurðardrápa I (Sigdr I, five extant sts about Sigurðr jórsalafari); Haraldsdrápa I (Hardr I, two extant sts about Haraldr gilli); Haraldsdrápa II (Hardr II, five extant sts about Haraldr gilli); Haraldssonakvæði (Harsonkv, two extant sts about the sons of Haraldr gilli); Sigurðardrápa II (Sigdr II, one extant st. about Sigurðr munnr Haraldsson); Runhenda (Run, ten extant sts about Eysteinn Haraldsson); Eysteinsdrápa (Eystdr, two extant sts about Eysteinn Haraldsson); Ingadrápa (Ingdr, four extant sts about Ingi Haraldsson); Elfarvísur (Elfv, two extant sts about Grégóríus Dagsson); Geisli (GeislVII, seventy-one sts about S. Óláfr); Øxarflokkr (ØxflIII, ten extant sts about the gift of an axe).

It must be emphasised that, although the poetry included in the royal panegyrics below clearly belongs to poems of that genre, with two exceptions (Hardr II and Elfv), all the names of the poems are modern constructs (notably by Jón Sigurðsson and Finnur Jónsson). That also holds true for the assignment of sts to the individual poems. In some cases, sts were assigned to a particular poem for metrical reasons (so Run), in other cases because of the content or the named recipients of the praise. For the sake of convenience, the names of the poems and the sts assigned to them as found in Skj have been retained in the present edn. In addition to the royal encomia, a number of fragments and lvv. attributed to Einarr are preserved in SnE, TGT and LaufE (see ESk Frag 1-18III; ESk Lv 7-15III). These have been edited separately in SkP III. Six lvv. are transmitted in the kings’ sagas and edited below.

Fragments — ESk FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Einarr Skúlason, Fragments’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 151.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18 

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur (AI, 479-82, BI, 451-4)

in texts: LaufE, Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 151

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1 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 1 [Vol. 3, 151] — ESk Frag 1III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hvargi's Beita borgar
bálgrimmustum skála
hôr of hnossvin órum
heims vafrlogi sveimar.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 1 (AI, 479; BI, 451); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: B, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Skm 137
 
2 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 2 [Vol. 3, 153] — ESk Frag 2III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Snáks berr fald of frœknu
folkvǫrðr (konungs Hǫrða
frama telr greppr fyr gumnum)
geðsnjallr skarar fjalli.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 2 (AI, 480; BI, 452); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: R, Tx, U, W; texts: Skm 283
 
3 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 3 [Vol. 3, 154] — ESk Frag 3III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Næst sék orm á jastar
ítrserki vel merkðan,
nemi bjóðr, hvé ferk, flœðar,
fjarðbáls, of þat máli.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 3 (AI, 480; BI, 452); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, A, B, C, R, Tx; texts: Skm 372
 
4 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 4 [Vol. 3, 155] — ESk Frag 4III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Glymvindi lætr Gǫndlar
(gnestr hjǫrr) taka mestum
Hildar segl, þars hagli,
hraustr þengill, drífr strengjar.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 4 (AI, 480; BI, 452); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 2368x, 743x, A, C, R, Tx, U, W; texts: LaufE 141(383), Skm 224
 
5 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 5 [Vol. 3, 156] — ESk Frag 5III

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Leyg rýðr ætt á ægi
Óláfs skipa sólar
(ylgr brunar) hvatt ens helga
(hrægjǫrn í spor ǫrnum).

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 5 (AI, 480; BI, 452); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 2368x, 743x, A, C, R, Tx, U, W; texts: LaufE 179(397), Skm 235
 
6 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 6 [Vol. 3, 157] — ESk Frag 6III

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Dolgskára kná dýrum
dýrr magnandi stýra
(Hugins fermu bregðr harmi
harmr) barðsólar garmi.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 6 (AI, 480; BI, 452); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 2368x, 743x, 744x, A, B, C, R, Tx, U; texts: LaufE 50(351), Skm 339
 
7 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 7 [Vol. 3, 158] — ESk Frag 7III

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En við hjaldr, þars hǫlðar,
hugþrútit svellr, lúta,
(Muninn drekkr blóð ór benjum
blásvartr) konungs hjarta.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 7 (AI, 480; BI, 452); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 2368x, 743x, 744x, A, B, C, R, Tx, U; texts: LaufE 51(351), Skm 340
 
8 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 8 [Vol. 3, 159] — ESk Frag 8III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Sámleitum rauð sveita
(sleit ǫrn gera beitu)
feksk arnar matr œrnum,
Jarnsǫxu grǫn faxa.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 8 (AI, 481; BI, 452-3); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, A, B, C, R, Tx, U; texts: Skm 343
 
9 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 9 [Vol. 3, 160] — ESk Frag 9III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Harðr hefr ǫrt frá jǫrðu
élvindr, svana strindar
blakkr lætr í sog søkkva
snægrund, skipi hrundit.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 9 (AI, 481; BI, 453); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 2368x, 743x, 744x, B, R, Tx, U, W; texts: LaufE 156(389), Skm 129
 
10 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 10 [Vol. 3, 161] — ESk Frag 10III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Margr ríss, en drífr dorgar
dynstrǫnd í svig lǫndum
spend verða stǫg stundum,
stirðr keipr, fira greipum.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 10 (AI, 481; BI, 453); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, B, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Skm 130
 
11 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 11 [Vol. 3, 162] — ESk Frag 11III

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Gránn, bera gollna spônu
(gǫfug ferð es sú jǫfri)
skýtr holmfjǫturr Heita
hrafni, snekkju stafnar.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 11 (AI, 481; BI, 453); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 2368x, 743x, 744x, B, R, Tx, U, W; texts: LaufE 158(389), Skm 131
 
12 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 12 [Vol. 3, 163] — ESk Frag 12III

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Haustkǫld skotar hélðum
holmrǫnd varar ǫndri.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 12 (AI, 481; BI, 453); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, B, R, Tx; texts: Skm 132
 
13 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 13 [Vol. 3, 163] — ESk Frag 13III

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Sundr springr svalra landa
sverrigjǫrð fyr bǫrðum.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 13 (AI, 481; BI, 453); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, B, R, Tx, U; texts: Skm 133
 
14 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 14 [Vol. 3, 164] — ESk Frag 14III

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Viknar ramr í, Rakna,
reksaumr flugastraumi,
dúks hrindr bǫl, þars bleikir
bifgrund, á stag rifjum.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 14 (AI, 481-2; BI, 453); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, B, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Skm 135
 
15 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 15 [Vol. 3, 165] — ESk Frag 15III

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Lǫgr þvær flaust, en fagrir,
(flóðs vaskar brim stóðum)
þars sær á hlið hvára
hlymr, veðrvitar glymja.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 15 (AI, 482; BI, 453); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: A, C, R, Tx; texts: Skm 350
 
16 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 16 [Vol. 3, 166] — ESk Frag 16III

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Kaldr þvær marr und mildum
mart dœgr viðu svarta,
grefr élsnúin, jǫfri,
almsorg Manar þjalma.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 16 (AI, 482; BI, 454); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: A, C, R, Tx; texts: Skm 355
 
17 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 17 [Vol. 3, 167] — ESk Frag 17III

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Œsir hvast at hraustum
Himinglæva þyt sævar,
glymr Unnar vex, grenni
Gǫndlar skúfs, ok Dúfa;
brædd strýkr Blóðughadda,
brimsolgin fellr Kolga,
hlýr, þars Hefring stœrir
haflauðr, of við rauðan.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 17 (AI, 482; BI, 454); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, A, B, C, R; texts: Skm 361
 
18 Vol. 3. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), 2. Fragments, 18 [Vol. 3, 168] — ESk Frag 18III

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Né framlyndir fundu
fyrr, hykkat lô kyrðu,
þar's sær á, við varra,
vini óra fell stórum.

Skj: Einarr Skúlason: 12. Ubestemmelige vers, tilhørende forskellige fyrstedigte eller lausavísur 18 (AI, 482; BI, 454); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, A, B, C, R, Tx; texts: Skm 366
 
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