Eyjólfr dáðaskáld (Edáð)
11th century; volume 1; ed. Russell Poole;
Bandadrápa (Banddr) - 9
Eyjólfr dáðaskáld (Edáð) is named among the skalds of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson of Hlaðir (Lade) in the text of Skáldatal in ms. 761aˣ (SnE 1848-87, III, 256). The U text numbers him among the skalds of Sveinn jarl Hákonarson but not Eiríkr (ibid., 266); this, however, is without corroboration from other sources and probably due to a simple error of transposition (though see Ohlmarks 1958, 145). Eyjólfr’s nickname may derive from his poetry in praise of the dáðir ‘deeds’ of Eiríkr jarl (ÍF 26, 249 n. 1), whose career spanned the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. No traces of poetry by Eyjólfr concerning any other rulers survive and nothing is otherwise known about his life or lineage.
Bandadrápa (‘Drápa of the gods’)
Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa’ 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. 454.
Skj: Eyjólfr dáðaskáld: Bandadrápa, omkr. 1010 (AI, 200-2, BI, 190-2)
SkP info: I, 466
7 — Edáð Banddr 7I
Cite as: Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa 7’ 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. 466.
context: Hkr places sts 7 and 8 almost immediately after st. 6, as part of an account of Eiríkr’s raids on the Estonian districts of Aðalsýsla (Suuremaa, or mainland Estonia) and Eysýsla (Saaremaa in Estonian, Ösel in Swedish). Eiríkr captures four Danish warships and slaughters their crews.
notes: Lines 4 and 8
belong to the klofastef
‘split refrain’ and stand outside the syntax of the stanza; see st. 9 and Notes.
texts: ‹ÓTC 49 (I 152)›,
‹Hkr 180 (I 152)›
editions: Skj Eyjólfr dáðaskáld: Bandadrápa 7 (AI, 201; BI, 192); Skald I, 101; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 418, IV, 94-5, ÍF 26, 339-40, Hkr 1991, I, 230-1 (ÓTHkr ch. 90), F 1871, 154.