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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyjólfr Brúnason (EBrún)

13th century; volume 3; ed. Katharina Seidel;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Eyjólfr Brúnason, Islænder, 13. årh. (AII, 82, BII, 93).

Skj poems:

Very little is known about Eyjólfr Brúnason (EBrún). He is not mentioned in Skáldatal, and only one helmingr attributed to him has been preserved. Eyjólfr appears to have lived in Iceland in the thirteenth century and to have been a contemporary and possibly a friend of Snorri Sturluson (d. 1241) (FoGT 1884, 127; Skj AII, 82). A lausavisa by Snorri, transmitted in FoGT, calls him ǫrr skǫrungmaðr skilmildra skalda ‘the energetic champions among poets generous with knowledge’ and wishes, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that Eyjólfr should live ‘the happiest of all truly rich men’ (sælstr sannauðigra manna; SnSt Lv 6/7-8). The accompanying prose text in FoGT (FoGT 1884, 127) describes Eyjólfr as skáld einkar gott ok búþegn góðr, en eigi féríkr ‘a renowned poet and a good farmer but not a wealthy one’, however (see Note to SnSt Lv 6/1; Guðmundur Þorláksson 1882, 156).

Lausavísa — EBrún LvIII

Katharina Seidel 2017, ‘ Eyjólfr Brúnason, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 182. <> (accessed 2 July 2022)


Skj: Eyjólfr Brúnason: Lausavísa, o. 1225 (AII, 82, BII, 93); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: III, 182

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1 — EBrún Lv 1III

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Cite as: Katharina Seidel (ed.) 2017, ‘Eyjólfr Brúnason, Lausavísa 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 182.

Kaupir árr — né eyri
allrífum skal hlífa —
orðrakkr ilja snekkjur
austrœnar sér flausta.

{Orðrakkr árr flausta} kaupir sér {austrœnar snekkjur ilja}; né skal hlífa allrífum eyri.

{The word-bold messenger of ships} [SEAFARER] buys himself {eastern warships of footsoles} [SHOES]; one must not spare abundant money.

texts: LaufE 52 (270), LaufE 52 (270), LaufE 32 (345n)

editions: Skj Eyjólfr Brúnason: Lausavísa (AII, 82; BII, 93); Skald II, 50; LaufE 1979, 270, 345 n.


Holm papp 10 4°x (papp10x) 41r - 41r (LaufE)  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 70v - 71r (LaufE)  image  image  image  
AM 164 8°x (164x) 13r - 13r (LaufE)  image  
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