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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eysteinn Valdason (EVald)

10th century; volume 3; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Poem about Þórr (Þórr) - 3

Skj info: Eysteinn Valdason, Islænder, omkr. 1000. (AI, 140, BI, 131).

Skj poems:
Et digt om Tor

Eysteinn Valdason (EVald) is known only from the section of Skm on kennings for Þórr (SnE 1998, I, 14-17), where he is named and three helmingar attributed to him are quoted. No other information about him exists. Most editors (e.g. Finnur Jónsson in Skj A) regard him as an Icelander, although there is no evidence in support of this view. He is usually considered to have lived in the tenth century, largely because of the pagan subject-matter and style of his poetry.

Poem about Þórr — EVald ÞórrIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘ Eysteinn Valdason, Poem about Þórr’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 185. <> (accessed 19 May 2022)

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Skj: Eysteinn Valdason: Et digt om Tor (AI, 140, BI, 131)

SkP info: III, 185

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1 — EVald Þórr 1III

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Eysteinn Valdason, Poem about Þórr 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. 185.

Sín bjó Sifjar rúni
snarla framm með karli
— hornstraum getum Hrímnis
hrœra — veiðarfœri.

{Rúni Sifjar} bjó snarla framm veiðarfœri sín með karli; getum hrœra {hornstraum Hrímnis}.

{The confidant of Sif <goddess>} [= Þórr] quickly brought out his fishing gear with the old fellow; we [I] can stir {the horn-stream of Hrímnir <giant>} [POETRY].

texts: Skm 46, SnE 48

editions: Skj Eysteinn Valdason: Et digt om Tor 1 (AI, 140; BI, 131); Skald I, 72, NN §318; SnE 1848-87, I, 254-5, II, 309, III, 16, SnE 1931, 95, SnE 1998, I, 15.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 21v, 36 - 22r, 1 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 22r, 23 - 22r, 24 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 47, 11 - 47, 12 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 27v, 12 - 27v, 13 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 73r, 6 - 73r, 9 (Skáldatal)  image  
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