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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;

2. Fragment (Frag) - 1

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).

Fragment — Ekúl FragIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘ Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Fragment’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 134. <> (accessed 28 June 2022)


Skj: Eilífr kúlnasveinn: 2. Lausavísa(?) (AI, 572-3, BI, 566)

SkP info: III, 134

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1 — Ekúl Frag 1III

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr kúlnasveinn, Fragment 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. 134.

Bôru mæta móti
malmþings viðir palma
(sveit hrauð) seggja bœti
(sorg), es kom til borgar.
Svá laðar siklingr skýja
síns hjarta til bjarta,
þás fyrða gram fœra
fǫgr verk með trú sterkri.

{Viðir {malmþings}} bôru mæta palma móti {bœti seggja}, es kom til borgar; sveit hrauð sorg. Svá laðar {siklingr skýja} bjarta til hjarta síns, þás fœra {gram fyrða} fǫgr verk með sterkri trú.

{Trees {of the weapon-meeting}} [BATTLE > WARRIORS] carried glorious palms to meet {the curer of men} [= Christ], when he came to the city; the company banished sorrow. Thus {the prince of the clouds} [= God (= Christ)] invites pure [men] to his heart, those who bring {the ruler of men} [= God (= Christ)] beautiful deeds with strong faith.

texts: FoGT 28, Gramm 153

editions: Skj Eilífr kúlnasveinn: 1. Kristsdrápa(?), el. brudstykker af digte(?). 5(?) (AI, 572-3; BI, 566); Skald I, 274, NN §1215; SnE 1848-87, II, 214-15, III, 158, FoGT 1884, 131-2, 264-5, FoGT 2004, 41, 68, 113-15, FoGT 2014, 20-21, 89-90.


AM 242 fol (W) 114, 22 - 114, 24 (FoGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 85v, 6 - 85v, 13 (Skáldatal)  image  
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