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

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

1 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 1 [Vol. 1, 197] — Eyv Hál 1I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Viljak hljóð
at Hôars líði,
meðan Gillings
gjǫldum yppik,
meðan hans ætt
í hverlegi
galga farms
til goða teljum,
hinn es Surts
ór sǫkkdǫlum
farmǫgnuðr
fljúgandi bar.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 1-2 (AI, 68; BI, 60); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: B, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Skm 33, Skm 40
 
2 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 2 [Vol. 1, 199] — Eyv Hál 2I

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Þann skjaldblœtr
skattfœri gat
ása niðr
við jarnviðju;
þás þau meir
í Manheimum
skatna vinr
ok Skaði byggðu,
sævar beins,
ok sunu marga
Ǫndurdís
við Óðni gat.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 3-4 (AI, 68; BI, 60); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: F, J2x, Kx; texts: Yng 2
 
3 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 3 [Vol. 1, 201] — Eyv Hál 3I

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Þás útrǫst
jarla bági
Belja dolgs
byggva vildi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 5 (AI, 68; BI, 60); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: R, Tx, U, W; texts: Skm 62
 
4 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 4 [Vol. 1, 202] — Eyv Hál 4I

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En Goðlaugr
grimman tamði
við ofrkapp
austrkonunga
Sigars jó,
es synir Yngva
menglǫtuð
við meið reiddu.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 6 (AI, 69; BI, 61); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: F, J2x, Kx; texts: Yng 17
 
5 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 5 [Vol. 1, 203] — Eyv Hál 5I

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Ok náreiðr
á nesi drúpir
vingameiðr,
þars vík deilir,
þar's, fjǫlkunt
of fylkis hrør,
steini merkt
Straumeyjarnes.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 7 (AI, 69; BI, 61); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: F, J2x, Kx; texts: Yng 18
 
6 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 6 [Vol. 1, 204] — Eyv Hál 6I

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Ok sá halr
at Hôars veðri
hǫsvan serk
hrísgrisnis bar.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 8 (AI, 69; BI, 61); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: A, C, R, Tx, U, W; texts: LaufE 140(383), Skm 222
 
7 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 7 [Vol. 1, 205] — Eyv Hál 7I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Varð Hôkon
Hǫgna meyjar
viðr, vápnberr,
es vega skyldi,
ok sinn aldr
í odda gný
Freys ôttungr
á Fjǫlum lagði.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 9 (AI, 69; BI, 61); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 16, HHárf 5
 
8 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 8 [Vol. 1, 206] — Eyv Hál 8I

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Ok þar varð,
es vinir fellu
magar Hallgarðs,
manna blóði
Stafaness
við stóran gný
vinar Lóðurs
vágr of blandinn.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 10 (AI, 69; BI, 61); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 17, HHárf 6
 
9 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 9 [Vol. 1, 207] — Eyv Hál 9I

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Ok Sigurð,
hinn's svǫnum veitti
hróka bjór
Haddingja vals
Farmatýs,
fjǫrvi næmðu
jarðráðendr
á Ǫglói.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 11 (AI, 69-70; BI, 61); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 39, 51x, A, B, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Flat 202(20), Fsk 65, HGráf 9, LaufE 4(330), ÓT 0, Skm 5, Skm 280, TGT 87
 
10 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 10 [Vol. 1, 208] — Eyv Hál 10I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Ok ǫðlingr
"í ǫlun jarðar
alnar orms"
ófælinn varð
lífs of lattr,
þars landrekar
Týs ôttung
í tryggð sviku.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 12 (AI, 70; BI, 61-2); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 39, 51x, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Flat 203(21), Fsk 66, HGráf 10, ÓT 0
 
11 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 11 [Vol. 1, 210] — Eyv Hál 11I

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Þar varð minstr
meinvinnǫndum
Yngvifreys
ǫndverðan dag
fagnafundr,
es flota þeystu
jarðráðendr
at Eydǫnum,
þás sverðalfr
sunnan kníði
lagar stóð
at liði þeira.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 13-14 (AI, 70; BI, 62); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 39, F, J1x, Kx; texts: ÓTC 34
 
12 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 12 [Vol. 1, 211] — Eyv Hál 12I

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Þeims alt austr
til Egða býs
brúðr val-Týs
und bœgi liggr.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 15 (AI, 71; BI, 62); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 88
 
13 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 2. Háleygjatal, 13 [Vol. 1, 212] — Eyv Hál 13I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Jólna sumbl
enn vér gôtum,
stillis lof,
sem steinabrú.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal 16 (AI, 71; BI, 62); kviðuháttr; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: A, C, R, Tx, U; texts: Skm 310
 
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