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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 24 May 2022)

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

SkP info: III, 187

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3 — EVald Þórr 3III

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Eysteinn Valdason, Poem about Þórr 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 187.

Svá brá viðr, at sýjur
seiðr renndi fram breiðar
jarðar; út at borði
Ulls mágs hnefar skullu.

Svá brá viðr, at {seiðr jarðar} renndi fram breiðar sýjur; hnefar {mágs Ulls} skullu út at borði.

So it came about, that {the saithe of the earth} [= Miðgarðsormr] made the broad rivetted planks slide forward; the fists {of the kinsman of Ullr <god>} [= Þórr] banged out on the gunwale.

texts: Skm 47, SnE 49

editions: Skj Eysteinn Valdason: Et digt om Tor 3 (AI, 140; BI, 131); Skald I, 73; SnE 1848-87, I, 254-5, III, 16,  SnE 1931, 95, SnE 1998, I, 15.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 22r, 2 - 22r, 3 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 22r, 24 - 22r, 26 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 47, 13 - 47, 14 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 73r, 10 - 73r, 13 (Skáldatal)  image  
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