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Eysteinn Valdason (EVald)

10th century; volume 3; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Poem about Þórr (Þórr) - 3

Eysteinn Valdason (EVald) is known only from the section of Skm on kennings for Þórr (SnE 1998, I, 14-17), where he is named and three helmingar attributed to him are quoted. No other information about him exists. Most editors (e.g. Finnur Jónsson in Skj A) regard him as an Icelander, although there is no evidence in support of this view. He is usually considered to have lived in the tenth century, largely because of the pagan subject-matter and style of his poetry.

Poem about Þórr — EVald ÞórrIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘ Eysteinn Valdason, Poem about Þórr’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 185. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1156> (accessed 9 December 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3 

Skj: Eysteinn Valdason: Et digt om Tor (AI, 140, BI, 131)

in texts: Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 185

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Three dróttkvætt helmingar (EVald Þórr), quoted one after the other in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 15) to illustrate kennings for the god Þórr, are assigned to Eysteinn Valdason in mss of SnE. All stanzas are in R and W, while omits st. 2 and U omits st. 3. Ms. R is taken as the main ms. The stanzas appear to come from a longer poem about Þórr’s fishing expedition with the giant Hymir to fight the World Serpent, Miðgarðsormr, but the poem is not named in SnE. For other poems on this theme, see Introduction to Bragi Þórr.

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