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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Snorri Sturluson, Lausavísur, 6 [Vol. 3, 372]

[1] Eyjólfi ‘to Eyjólfr’: The prose text of FoGT (FoGT 1884, 127) identifies Eyjólfr as brvna son, skaalld einkar gott ok bv þegn góðr en eigi féríkr ‘the son of Brúni, an exceptionally good poet and a good farmer although not a wealthy one’. This detailed characterisation, unusual for the treatise, may perhaps indicate that the author of FoGT did not expect his audience to know anything about Eyjólfr. Only one helmingr by Eyjólfr Brúnason has survived (EBrún Lv). It is a rather amusing helmingr about a seafarer who buys a pair of Norwegian shoes, snekkjur ilja ‘warships of footsoles’, and is not dissimilar in tone to Snorri’s stanza.


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