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Eldjárn (Eldj)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Nothing is known about Eldjárn (Eldj) aside from the information provided in Giffarðs þáttr (Mork 1928-32, 323-6; Fms 7, 56-61). He is not listed in Skáldatal, and the two lvv. below are all that remains of his poetic oeuvre. According to Giffarðs þáttr, Eldjárn was a young Icelander from Húsavík who met a Norman knight, Giffarðr (a former follower of King Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson), when Eldjárn was on his way from Constantinople to England (c. 1102). He composed a derogatory st. about Giffarðr and was subsequently sued by the knight for slander. Eldjárn redeemed himself by reciting another st., but in that st. he praised Giffarðr for valour he had not displayed, thus ridiculing him anew.

Lausavísur — Eldj LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Eldjárn, Lausavísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 406-8.

stanzas:  1   2 

Skj: Eldjárn: Lausavísur, 1100 (AI, 437, BI, 407)

SkP info: II, 406-7

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1 — Eldj Lv 1II

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hví samir hitt at dúsa
hirðmanni geðstirðum?,
vest nú, þótt kjǫl kosti,
knár, riddari enn hári;
þat's satt, at býðk byttu,
breiðhúfuðum, reiða,
austr's til hár í hesti
hvaljarðar, Gíparði.

texts: H-Hr 286, LaufE 176 (395) [5-8], Mork 152

editions: Skj Eldjárn: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 437; BI, 407); Skald I, 201, NN §916; Mork 1867, 148, Mork 1928-32, 325, Andersson and Gade 2000, 304, 486 (Mberf); Fms 7, 59 (Mberf ch. 29); F 1871, 273, E 1916, 122 (Mberf); LaufE 1979, 395.


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 23v, 42 - 23v, 42 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 91r - 91v (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 62vb, 22 - 62vb, 22 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 59ra, 22 - 59ra, 25  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 34v, 32 - 34v, 34  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 312v, 20 - 312v, 27  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 13r, 9 - 13r, 9  image  
GKS 2368 4°x (2368x) 130 - 130 [5-8] (LaufE)  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 98r, 19 - 98r, 22 [5-8] (LaufE)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 543r, 22 - 543v, 4  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated