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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eilífr kúlnasveinn (Ekúl)

12th century; volume 3; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

1. Kristsdrápa (Kristdr) - 4

Skj info: Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 572-3, BI, 565-6).

Skj poems:
1. Kristsdrápa(?), el. brudstykker af digte(?).
2. Lausavísa(?)
2. Lausavísa(?)

Three helmingar and one couplet are attributed to an Eilífr kúlnasveinn (Ekúl) in mss R, , W, U and A of Skm (SnE). No other poetry by this skald is known, aside from a stanza in FoGT that is said there to be by an Eilífr, and is likely to be by this same poet. Nothing is known of Eilífr’s life, but he is usually assumed to have been an Icelander living at some time in the twelfth century. His nickname kúlnasveinn may mean ‘Fellow with lumps’ (Lind 1920-1, col. 225).

Kristsdrápa (‘Drápa of Christ’) — Ekúl KristdrIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Kristsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 130.

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Skj: Eilífr kúlnasveinn: 1. Kristsdrápa(?), el. brudstykker af digte(?). (AI, 572, BI, 565-6); stanzas (if different): 5(?)

in texts: LaufE, Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 130

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1 Hróts lýtr helgum crúci
heims ferð ok lið beima;
sannrs an ǫll dýrð ǫnnur
einn sólkonungr hreinni.
The host of the roof of the world [SKY/HEAVEN > ANGELS] and the company of men [HUMANS] bow to the holy cross; the true king of the sun [= God (= Christ)] is alone purer than all other glory.
2 Hirð lýtr himna dýrðar
hrein Máríu sveini;
môtt viðr mildingr dróttar
— maðrs hann ok goð — sannan.
The pure retinue of the glory of the heavens [ANGELS] bows to the son of Mary [= Christ]; the prince of the host [= God (= Christ)] achieves true power; he is man and God.
3 Môttrs, an menn of hyggi,
mætr goðs sonar betri;
þós engla gramr ǫllu
ǫrr helgari ok dýrri.
The splendid power of the son of God [= Christ] is better than men can imagine; moreover the generous prince of angels [= God (= Christ)] is holier and more glorious than everything.
4 Himins dýrð lofar hǫlða
— hanns alls konungr — stilli.
The glory of heaven praises the ruler of men [= God (= Christ)]; he is king of everything [= God (= Christ)].
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