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Runic Dictionary

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Eilífr kúlnasveinn (Ekúl)

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

1. Kristsdrápa (Kristdr) - 4

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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4 

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

SkP info: III, 132

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3 — Ekúl Kristdr 3III

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Kristsdrápa 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. 132.

Môttrs, an menn of hyggi,
mætr goðs sonar betri;
þós engla gramr ǫllu
ǫrr helgari ok dýrri.

Mætr môttr {sonar goðs} [e]s betri, an menn of hyggi; þós {ǫrr gramr engla} helgari ok dýrri ǫllu.

The splendid power {of the son of God} [= Christ] is better than men can imagine; moreover {the generous prince of angels} [= God (= Christ)] is holier and more glorious than everything.

texts: LaufE 87 (365), Skm 275, SnE 277

editions: Skj Eilífr kúlnasveinn: 1. Kristsdrápa(?), el. brudstykker af digte(?). 3 (AI, 572; BI, 566); Skald I, 274; SnE 1848-87, I, 448-9, II, 334, 445, III, 90, SnE 1931, 159, SnE 1998, I, 77.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 35v, 16 - 35v, 18 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 37r, 11 - 37r, 11 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 81, 1 - 81, 2 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 34v, 8 - 34v, 9 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 12r, 35 - 12v, 1 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 85r, 12 - 85r, 15 (Skáldatal)  image  
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