Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Russell Poole;

2. Háleygjatal (Hál) - 16

Skj info: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, Norsk skjald, 10. årh. (d. omkr. 990). (AI, 64-74, BI, 57-65).

Skj poems:
1. Hákonarmál
2. Háleygjatal
3. Lausavísur

Eyvindr (Eyv, c. 915-990) has been called the last important Norwegian skald (Genzmer 1920, 159; also Boyer 1990a, 201). He is listed in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 256, 261, 265-6) among the poets of Hákon góði ‘the Good’ Haraldsson and Hákon jarl Sigurðarson. His maternal grandmother was a daughter of Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’, and he seems to have been close to Haraldr’s son Hákon góði from early on, serving at his court as one of a group of brilliant skalds. After Hákon’s death he resided at the court of Haraldr gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’, but relations with Haraldr seem to have soured quickly, as evidenced by his lausavísur. Eyvindr spent the last part of his life with the powerful Hákon jarl Sigurðarson of Hlaðir (Lade), whose family had supported Hákon góði against the sons of Eiríkr blóðøx ‘Blood-axe’. According to Hkr (ÍF 26, 221), in addition to Háleygjatal (Hál), Hákonarmál (Hák) and the lausavísur, Eyvindr composed a poem Íslendingadrápa, but this has not come down to us. The epithet skáldaspillir is usually interpreted to mean ‘Plagiarist’, literally ‘Destroyer (or Despoiler?) of Poets’ in reference to his habit of drawing inspiration from and alluding to earlier compositions, specifically Ynglingatal (Þjóð Yt) for Hál and Eiríksmál (Anon Eirm), along with several eddic poems, for Hák (see Introductions to Hál and Hák). The alternative interpretation ‘Poem-reciter’ proposed by Wadstein (1895a, 88) is unconvincing; see further Olsen (1962a, 28), and Beck (1994a). For further biographical information, see LH I, 447-9, Holm-Olsen (1953) and Marold (1993a).

Háleygjatal (‘Enumeration of the Háleygir (people of Hálogaland)’) — Eyv HálI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Háleygjatal’ 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. 195.

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for reference only:  1x   3x   11x 

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal, c. 985 (AI, 68-71, BI, 60-2); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3-4 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13-14 | 14 | 15 | 16

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Gramm, HGráf, HHárf, Hkr, LaufE, ÓT, ÓTC, Skm, SnE, TGT, Yng

SkP info: I, 195

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1. R - 21v/8-21v/9 (VEÞ)
Vilia ec hlið at hars liþi meþan gillings giolldvm yppik | meþan hans ǽtt ihverlegi galga farms til goþa telivm.
R - 21v/21-21v/21 (VEÞ)
Meþan hans ǽtt ihverlegi galga farms til goþa telivm. |
B - 4r/41-4r/42 (VEÞ)
Vilía ek hlíod at hárs lide᷎ medan gillínngs gío᷎lldum y᷎ppíg. | medan hans e᷎tt ór huerlegí galga fars til goda telíum.
B - 4v/4-4v/5 (VEÞ)
Medan hans e᷎tt ór huerle | gí galga fars til goda telium.
1x. R - 21r/25-21r/25 (VEÞ)
Hiɴ er svrz or sꜹck dꜹlvm far magnvðr flivgandi bar.
2. F - 2va/15-2va/17 (VEÞ)
Þaɴ skalld | blø̨tr skátt fǿ̨ri gat asa niðr v iarnviðio · þa er þꜹ meiʀ | íman heímom skatna vinr ok skaði bygðo ·
3. R - 22r/32-22r/33 (VEÞ)
Þa er vtrǫst | iarla bagi belia dolgs byggia vildi.
U - 28r/13-28r/14 (VEÞ)
þa er ofræstr | iarla bagi belia dolgr byɢia villdi.
3x. F - 2vb/17-2vb/18 (VEÞ)
sǿ̨far beíns ok so | nv marga ꜹndurdís v oþni gat ·
Kx - 13r/19-13r/22 (KS)
4. F - 4rb/11-4rb/13 (VEÞ)
Eɴ guðlꜹgr grimman | tamði v ofrkapp ꜹstr konunga · sigrs ío eɴ synir yngva men glꜹ | tvð v meið riðo ·
5. F - 4rb/13-4rb/15 (VEÞ)
ok náreiðr a nesi drv́pir vínga meiðr þar er | vikvr deilír · þar er fiolkvɴr vm fylkís hrǿ̨ðr steíní merktr | strꜹm eyrar nes ·
6. R - 33v/19-33v/19 (VEÞ)
ok sa halr at hars veðri hꜹsvan serk hris grisnis bar. |
A - 11r/1-11r/2 (VEÞ)
Ok sa halr at hars væðri hǫsvan serk | hrím grimms bar .
7. F - 10ra/18-10ra/20 (VEÞ)
Varþ hakon hꜹgna | meyiar viðr vapn berr er vega skylldi · ok síɴ alldr i odda | gny freys attvngr at fiolum lagði ·
FskAx - 14/7-14/14 (VEÞ)
Varð Hacon | hoghna mꝍyiar | viðʀ vapnbeʀ | er vegha skyldi | oc sinn aldr | i odda gny | frꝍys attughr | a fiolu laghðe |
8. F - 10ra/20-10ra/21 (VEÞ)
ok þar varþ er vínir fello | magar hallgarðz manna bloði · stafa nes v storan gny vinar loðvrs, ⸍⸍ vágr of blasíɴ · |
FskAx - 14/15-14/22 (VEÞ)
Oc þar varð | er vinir fello | marghir alz | manna bloðe | stava ness | við storan gny | vinar loðrs | vaghr vm blandinn |
9. F - 19va/35-19va/37 (VEÞ)
Ok | sigvrþ híɴ er svꜹnom veítti hroka híor haddingia vals far | ma tys fíorví nø̨mðo iarðraðendr a oglóe ·
FskAx - 64/3-64/10 (VEÞ)
Oc sigurð hanom | er svanom veitti | roka bior | hanndingia vals | farma tyss | fiorvi næmndo | iarðraðenndr | a ogloe |
R - 20v/25-20v/28 (VEÞ)
Oc sig | vrþr hiɴ er svꜹnvm veitti hraka bior had | dingia vals farmatýs fiorvi næmþv iarþ | rá þrændr a ogloe.
R - 35v/31-35v/31 (VEÞ)
Farma tys fiorvi næmðv iarþa ðrændr aogloe.
A - 12v/14-12v/14 (VEÞ)
Farma tys .
W - 108/20-108/21 (TW)
Farma tys fiorvi næmdi Jarðraðendr a | ogloe.
10. F - 19va/37-19vb/1 (VEÞ)
Ok ꜹðlingr | i ꜹlvn iarðar · alnar orms ofø̨liɴ varþ · lifs of lattr þar er land || rekar tys attvng i trygð sviko ·
FskAx - 64/11-64/18 (VEÞ)
Oc auðlingr | i alun jarðar | alnar o⸌r⸍ms | ofælenn varð | lifs oflater | þa er lanndrekar | tyss ꜳtung | i trygð sviku. |
11. F - 26vb/25-26vb/27 (VEÞ)
Þar var miɴztr | meín viɴondom yngvi freyrs ond verþan dag fagna fvndr | er flóta þeystv iarðraðendr at eyriɴdom ·
11x. F - 26vb/27-26vb/28 (VEÞ)
Þa er sverþ alfr | svɴan kniði lagar stóð at liþi þeira ·
12. 51x - 20r/8-20r/8 (VEÞ)
Þæim er austr | til egða bys | bruðr valtyrs | und bo᷎ge liggr. |
302x - 31v/1-31v/4 (VEÞ)
Þæim er austr | til ægða bys. | bruðr valtyrs | und bo᷎ge liggr. |
FskAx - 87/20-87/24 (VEÞ)
eim er allt austr | til ægða byss bruðr | valryss tunar | unnd bꝍge liggr ||
301x - 31v/1-31v/2 (VEÞ)
Eim er allt austr til ægða byss bruðr , val | tyss tunar , unnd⸌ir⸍ bæ᷎ge liggr . |
13. R - 36v/33-36v/34 (VEÞ)
Jolna svmbl en vær | gatvm stillis lof sem steina brv.
A - 12v/31-12v/31 (VEÞ)
Jǫlna svmbl ænn ver gátvm stillis sem stæina brv́ .
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