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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyjólfr Valgerðarson (EValg)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Eyjólfr Valgerðarson, Islænder, d. omkr. 985. (AI, 100, BI, 95).

Skj poems:

Eyjólfr (EValg), from an established family in Eyjafjörður, northern Iceland (Ldn, ÍF 1, 27), was the father of Guðmundr inn ríki ‘the Mighty’ of Möðruvellir and of Einarr þveræingr ‘from Þverá’ (Eþver). Like Einarr, he is credited with a single stanza occasioned by a threat to Icelandic independence. Finnur Jónsson (Skj AI, 100, BI, 95) dates his death to c. 985.

Lausavísa — EValg LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyjólfr Valgerðarson, Lausavísa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 276.


Skj: Eyjólfr Valgerðarson: Lausavísa, o. 976 (AI, 100, BI, 95); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Jvs

SkP info: I, 276

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Eyjólfr’s sole known lausavísa (EValg Lv), dated c. 976 by Finnur Jónsson (Skj), anticipates a possible attack on Iceland by the Danish king Haraldr blátǫnn ‘Blue-tooth’ Gormsson (r. c. 958-c. 988). It is preserved only in ms. 291 of Jvs, unusually, since 510 is by far the richest source of skaldic poetry among the Jvs mss.

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