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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eilífr kúlnasveinn (Ekúl)

12th century; volume 3; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

1. Kristsdrápa (Kristdr) - 4

Skj info: Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 572-3, BI, 565-6).

Skj poems:
1. Kristsdrápa(?), el. brudstykker af digte(?).
2. Lausavísa(?)
2. Lausavísa(?)

Three helmingar and one couplet are attributed to an Eilífr kúlnasveinn (Ekúl) in mss R, , W, U and A of Skm (SnE). No other poetry by this skald is known, aside from a stanza in FoGT that is said there to be by an Eilífr, and is likely to be by this same poet. Nothing is known of Eilífr’s life, but he is usually assumed to have been an Icelander living at some time in the twelfth century. His nickname kúlnasveinn may mean ‘Fellow with lumps’ (Lind 1920-1, col. 225).

Kristsdrápa (‘Drápa of Christ’) — Ekúl KristdrIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘ Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Kristsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 130. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1175> (accessed 4 December 2021)

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Skj: Eilífr kúlnasveinn: 1. Kristsdrápa(?), el. brudstykker af digte(?). (AI, 572, BI, 565-6); stanzas (if different): 5(?)

SkP info: III, 130

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

1 — Ekúl Kristdr 1III

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Kristsdrápa 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. 130.

Hróts lýtr helgum crúci
heims ferð ok lið beima;
sannrs an ǫll dýrð ǫnnur
einn sólkonungr hreinni.

{Ferð {hróts heims}} ok {lið beima} lýtr helgum crúci; {sannr sólkonungr} [e]s einn hreinni an ǫll ǫnnur dýrð.

{The host {of the roof of the world}} [SKY/HEAVEN > ANGELS] and {the company of men} [HUMANS] bow to the holy cross; {the true king of the sun} [= God (= Christ)] is alone purer than all other glory.

texts: LaufE 85 (365), Skm 273, SnE 275

editions: Skj Eilífr kúlnasveinn: 1. Kristsdrápa(?), el. brudstykker af digte(?). 1 (AI, 572; BI, 565); Skald I, 274, NN §2546; SnE 1848-87, I, 448-9, II, 334, 445, III, 90, SnE 1931, 159, SnE 1998, I, 77.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 35v, 13 - 35v, 14 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 37r, 7 - 37r, 8 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 80, 30 - 80, 31 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 34v, 4 - 34v, 5 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 12r, 32 - 12r, 33 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 85r, 2 - 85r, 5 (Skáldatal)  image  
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