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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eiríkr (Eir)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Judith Jesch;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Eirekr, Islænder, 12. årh. (AI, 528-9, BI, 509).

Skj poems:

Eiríkr is described in Orkn as an íslenzkr maðr ‘Icelander’ accompanying Sveinn Ásleifarson on a raiding voyage around Wales (ÍF 34, 179). Nothing more is known about him and this is the only surviving st. by him.

Lausavísa — Eir LvII

Judith Jesch 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Eiríkr, Lausavísa’ 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. 612-13.


Skj: Eirekr: Lausavísa, o. 1140 (AI, 528-529, BI, 509); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, Orkn

SkP info: II, 612-13

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


This st. (Eir Lv) is preserved in Orkn; at this point in the saga the only ms. is Flat. Chs 78-80 of Orkn describe various raids and other adventures by the Orcadian chieftain and anti-hero of the saga Sveinn Ásleifarson (Barrett 2005). The raid on Wales described here probably took place in 1140 (ÍF 34, lxxxvii). The metre of the st. is fornyrðislag. It is the only st. in the saga which is associated with Sveinn Ásleifarson’s activities, rather than those of his contemporary and rival, Rǫgnvaldr jarl. While the sagas cites lvv. by Sveinn’s stepson, Sigmundr ǫngull (Sigm), these are associated with Rǫgnvaldr’s crusade.
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