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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

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

3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 14

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).

Lausavísur — Eyv LvI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Lausavísur’ 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. 213.

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Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur (AI, 71-4, BI, 62-5)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Gramm, HákGóð, HGráf, Hkr, LaufE, LaufE, Ldn, ÓT, Skm, SnE, TGT

SkP info: I, 213

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

1 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 1, 215] — Eyv Lv 1I

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Blóðøxar téa beiða
brakþings fetilstinga
(oss gerask hnept) ens hvassa
hefnendr (setu efni);
heldr es vant, en ek vilda
veg þinn konungr, segja
(fôum til fornara vápna
fljótt) hersǫgu drótni.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 1 (961 - AI, 71; BI, 62); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 325IX 1 a, 51x, 52x, 53, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Flat 197(15), Fsk 37, HákGóð 14, ÓT 15
 
2 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 1, 216] — Eyv Lv 2I

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Samira, Njǫrðr, enn norðarr,
naddregns, hvǫtum þegni
(vér getum bili at bǫlva)
borðmœrar skæ fœra;
nú's þats rekr á Rakna
rymleið flota breiðan
(grípum vér í greipar
gunnborð) Haraldr sunnan.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 2 (961 - AI, 71; BI, 62-3); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 325IX 1 a, 51x, 52x, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, Þb106x, Þb112x; texts: Flat 198(16), Fsk 38, HákGóð 15, Ldn 0, ÓT 16
 
3 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 3 [Vol. 1, 218] — Eyv Lv 3I

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Lýtr fyr lǫngum spjótum
lands folk; bifask randir;
kveðr oddviti oddum
Eyvindar lið skreyju.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 3 (961 - AI, 72; BI, 63); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 42
 
4 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 4 [Vol. 1, 219] — Eyv Lv 4I

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Baðat valgrindar vinda
veðrheyjandi Skreyju,
gumnum hollr né golli,
Gefnar sinni stefnu -
ef sólspenni svinnan
sigrminnigr vilt finna,
fram halt, Njóts, at nýtum
Norðmanna gram, ranna.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 4 (961 - AI, 72; BI, 63); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, Kx; texts: Fsk 48, HákGóð 22
 
5 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 5 [Vol. 1, 221] — Eyv Lv 5I

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Veitk, at beit enn bitri
byggving meðaldyggvan
bulka skíðs ór bôðum
benvǫndr konungs hǫndum;
ófælinn klauf Ála
éldraugs skarar hauga
gollhjǫltuðum galtar
grǫnduðr Dana brandi.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 5 (961 - AI, 72; BI, 63); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 325IX 1 a, 51x, 52x, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Flat 200(18), Fsk 49, HákGóð 23, ÓT 18
 
6 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 6 [Vol. 1, 223] — Eyv Lv 6I

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Fyrr rauð Fenris varra
flugvarr konungr sparra
(malmhríðar svall meiðum
móðr) í Gamla blóði,
þás óstirfinn arfa
Eiríks of rak (geira
nú tregr gæti-Gauta
grams fall) á sæ alla.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 6 (961-62 - AI, 72; BI, 63); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 39, 51x, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 58, HákGóð 13, HGráf 2, ÓT 23
 
7 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 7 [Vol. 1, 224] — Eyv Lv 7I

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Lítt kvôðu þik láta
landvǫrðr, es brast, Hǫrða,
benja hagl á brynjum,
(bugusk almar) geð falma,
þás ófolgin ylgjar
endr ór þinni hendi
fetla svell til fyllar
fullegg, Haraldr, gullu.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 7 (c. 962 - AI, 72-3; BI, 63-4); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 61, 761bx, A, Bb, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, W; texts: Fsk 59, HGráf 3, ÓT 24, Skm 251
 
8 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 8 [Vol. 1, 226] — Eyv Lv 8I

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Bôrum, Ullr, of alla,
ímunlauks, á hauka
fjǫllum Fýrisvalla
fræ Hôkonar ævi;
nú hefr folkstríðir Fróða
fáglýjaðra þýja
meldr í móður holdi
mellu dolgs of folginn.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 8 (c. 965 - AI, 73; BI, 64); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 61, 744x, 761bx, A, B, Bb, C, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Fsk 62, HGráf 4, ÓT 25, Skm 187, TGT 20
 
9 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 9 [Vol. 1, 228] — Eyv Lv 9I

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Fullu skein á fjǫllum
fallsól bráa vallar
Ullar kjóls of allan
aldr Hôkonar skǫldum;
nú's alfrǫðull elfar
jǫtna dolgs of folginn
(rôð eru ramrar þjóðar
rík) í móður líki.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 9 (c. 965 - AI, 73; BI, 64); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 61, 761bx, B, Bb, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Fsk 63, HGráf 5, LaufE 75(281), LaufE 72(359), ÓT 26, Skm 118, Skm 144
 
10 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 10 [Vol. 1, 229] — Eyv Lv 10I

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Einn dróttin hefk áttan
jǫfurr dyrr an þik fyrra
(bellir bragningr elli)
biðkat mér ens þriðja;
trúr vask tyggja dýrum,
tveim skjǫldum lékk aldri,
fyllik flokk þinn stillir,
fellr á hendr mér elli.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 10 (c. 965 - AI, 73-4; BI, 64); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 60, HGráf 6, ÓT 27
 
11 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 11 [Vol. 1, 230] — Eyv Lv 11I

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Skyldak, skerja foldar
skíðrennandi, síðan
þursa týs frá þvísa
þinn góðan byr finna,
es, valjarðar, verðum,
veljandi, þér selja
lyngva mens þats lengi
látr minn faðir átti.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 11 (c. 965 - AI, 74; BI, 64-5); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 39, 51x, 61, 761bx, Bb, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 64, HGráf 7, ÓT 28
 
12 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 12 [Vol. 1, 231] — Eyv Lv 12I

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Snýr á Svǫlnis vôru,
svá hǫfum inn sem Finnar
birkihind of bundit
brums, at miðju sumri.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 12 (o. 970 - AI, 74; BI, 65); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 761bx, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 61, HGráf 18
 
13 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 13 [Vol. 1, 233] — Eyv Lv 13I

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Lôtum langra nóta
lǫgsóta verfótum
at spáþernum sporna
sporðfjǫðruðum norðan;
vita, ef akrmurur jǫkla,
ǫl-Gerðr, falar verði,
ítr, þærs upp of róta
unnsvín, vinum mínum.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 13 (o. 970 - AI, 74; BI, 65); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HGráf 19
 
14 Vol. 1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 14 [Vol. 1, 234] — Eyv Lv 14I

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Fengum feldarstinga
fjǫrð ok galt við hjǫrðu,
þanns álhimins útan
oss lendingar sendu;
mest selda ek mínar
við mævǫrum sævar
(hallæri veldr hvôru)
hlaupsildr Egils gaupna.

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur 14 (o. 970 - AI, 74; BI, 65); dróttkvætt; ed. RGP; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HGráf 20
 
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