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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

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

1. Hákonarmál (Hák) - 21

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).

Hákonarmál (‘Words about Hákon’) — Eyv HákI

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál’ 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. 171.

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Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál, 961 (AI, 64-8, BI, 57-60)

in texts: Fsk, HákGóð, Hkr, Skm, SnE

SkP info: I, 171

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1 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 1 [Vol. 1, 174] — Eyv Hák 1I

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Gǫndul ok Skǫgul
sendi Gauta-týr
at kjósa of konunga,
hverr Yngva ættar
skyldi með Óðni fara
ok í Valhǫll vesa.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 1 (AI, 64; BI, 57); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, B, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Fsk 39, HákGóð 27, Skm 7
 
2 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 2 [Vol. 1, 176] — Eyv Hák 2I

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Bróður fundu Bjarnar
í brynju fara,
konung enn kostsama,
kominn und gunnfana,
drúpðu dolgráar,
en darraðr hristisk,
upp vas þá hildr of hafin.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 2 (AI, 64; BI, 57); ljóðaháttr mix; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 40, HákGóð 16
 
3 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 3 [Vol. 1, 177] — Eyv Hák 3I

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Hét á Háleygi
sems á Holmrygi
jarla einbani,
fór til orrostu;
gótt hafði enn gǫfgi
gengi Norðmanna
œgir Eydana,
stóð und árhjalmi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 3 (AI, 64; BI, 57); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 41, HákGóð 17
 
4 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 4 [Vol. 1, 178] — Eyv Hák 4I

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Hrauzk ór hervôðum,
hratt á vǫll brynju,
vísi verðungar,
áðr til vígs tœki;
lék við ljóðmǫgu,
skyldi land verja
gramr enn glaðværi,
stóð und gollhjalmi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 4 (AI, 65; BI, 57); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, B, C, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U; texts: Fsk 44, HákGóð 18, Skm 397
 
5 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 5 [Vol. 1, 179] — Eyv Hák 5I

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Svá beit þá sverð
ór siklings hendi
váðir Váfaðar,
sem í vatn brygði;
brǫkuðu broddar,
brotnuðu skildir,
glumruðu gylfringar
í gotna hausum.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 5 (AI, 65; BI, 57); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 45, HákGóð 20
 
6 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 6 [Vol. 1, 180] — Eyv Hák 6I

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Trǫddusk tǫrgur
fyr Týs ok bauga
hjalta harðfótum
hausar Norðmanna;
róma varð í eyju,
ruðu konungar
skírar skjaldborgir
í skatna blóði.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 6 (AI, 65; BI, 58); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 46, HákGóð 21
 
7 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 7 [Vol. 1, 182] — Eyv Hák 7I

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Brunnu beneldar
í blóðgum undum,
lutu langbarðar
at lýða fjǫrvi;
svarraði sárgymir
á sverða nesi,
fell flóð fleina
í fjǫru Storðar.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 7 (AI, 65; BI, 58); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 47, HákGóð 28
 
8 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 8 [Vol. 1, 183] — Eyv Hák 8I

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Blendusk við roðnum
und randar himni,
Skǫglar veðr léku
við ský of bauga,
umðu oddláar
í Óðins veðri,
hné mart manna
fyr mækis straumi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 8 (AI, 66; BI, 58); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 29
 
9 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 9 [Vol. 1, 184] — Eyv Hák 9I

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Sôtu þá dǫglingar
með sverð of togin,
með skarða skjǫldu
ok skotnar brynjur,
vasa sá herr
í hugum ok átti
til Valhallar vega.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 9 (AI, 66; BI, 58); ljóðaháttr mix; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 30
 
10 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 10 [Vol. 1, 185] — Eyv Hák 10I

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Gǫndul þat mælti,
studdisk geirskapti:
vex nú gengi goða,
es Hôkoni hafa
með her mikinn
heim bǫnd of boðit.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 10 (AI, 66; BI, 58); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 31
 
11 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 11 [Vol. 1, 186] — Eyv Hák 11I

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Vísi þat heyrði,
hvat valkyrjur mæltu
mærar af mars baki,
hyggiliga létu
ok hjalmaðar sôtu
ok hǫfðusk hlífar fyrir.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 11 (AI, 66; BI, 58); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 32
 
12 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 12 [Vol. 1, 186] — Eyv Hák 12I

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Hví þú svá gunni
skiptir, Geir-Skǫgul,
órum þó verðir gagns frá goðum?
Vér því vǫldum.
es velli helt
en þínir fíandr flugu.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 12 (AI, 66; BI, 58-9); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 33
 
13 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 13 [Vol. 1, 187] — Eyv Hák 13I

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Ríða vit skulum,
kvað en ríkja Skǫgul,
grœnna heima goða,
Óðni at segja,
at nú mun allvaldr koma
á hann sjalfan at séa.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 13 (AI, 66; BI, 59); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 34
 
14 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 14 [Vol. 1, 188] — Eyv Hák 14I

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Hermóðr ok Bragi,
kvað Hroptatýr,
gangið í gǫgn grami,
þvít konungr ferr,
sás kappi þykkir,
til hallar hinig.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 14 (AI, 66-7; BI, 59); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, B, F, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U, W; texts: HákGóð 35, Skm 11
 
15 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 15 [Vol. 1, 189] — Eyv Hák 15I

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Ræsir þat mælti,
vas frá rómu kominn,
stóð allr í dreyra drifinn:
illúðigr mjǫk
þykkjumk Óðinn vesa,
séumk vér hans of hugi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 15 (AI, 67; BI, 59); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 36
 
16 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 16 [Vol. 1, 190] — Eyv Hák 16I

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Einherja grið
skalt þú allra hafa,
þigg þú at ôsum ǫl;
jarla bági,
þú átt inni hér
átta brœðr - kvað Bragi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 16 (AI, 67; BI, 59); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 56, HákGóð 37
 
17 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 17 [Vol. 1, 190] — Eyv Hák 17I

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Gerðar órar,
kvað enn góði konungr,
viljum vér sjalfir hafa;
hjalm ok brynju
skal hirða vel,
gótt's til gǫrs at taka.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 17 (AI, 67; BI, 59); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 38
 
18 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 18 [Vol. 1, 191] — Eyv Hák 18I

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Þá þat kyndisk,
hvé sá konungr hafði
vel of þyrmt véum,
es Hôkon bôðu
heilan koma
rôð ǫll ok regin.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 18 (AI, 67; BI, 59); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HákGóð 39
 
19 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 19 [Vol. 1, 192] — Eyv Hák 19I

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Góðu dœgri
verðr sá gramr of borinn,
es sér getr slíkan sefa,
hans aldar
mun æ vesa
at góðu getit.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 19 (AI, 67; BI, 59-60); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 54, HákGóð 40
 
20 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 20 [Vol. 1, 192] — Eyv Hák 20I

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Mun óbundinn
á ýta sjǫt
fenrisulfr fara,
áðr jafngóðr
á auða trǫð
konungmaðr komi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 20 (AI, 67; BI, 60); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 55, HákGóð 41
 
21 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 21 [Vol. 1, 193] — Eyv Hák 21I

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Deyr fé,
deyja frændr,
eyðisk land ok láð;
síz Hôkon
fór með heiðin goð,
mǫrg es þjóð of þéuð.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál 21 (AI, 68; BI, 60); ljóðaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 302x, 51x, 761bx, F, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 0, HákGóð 42
 
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