Einarr þveræingr Eyjólfsson (Eþver)
11th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;
Lausavísa (Lv) - 1
V. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1
Einarr (Eþver) was the son of Eyjólfr Valgerðarson (EValg), and his nickname refers to his home territory of Þverá (Munkaþverá in Eyjafjörður, northern Iceland). He is an adversary of the titular hero in Víga-Glúms saga, and his second lausavísa Eþver Lv 2V (Glúm 11) is associated with a fight against Víga-Glúmr (ÍF 9, 94-5); it is edited in SkP V. Finnur Jónsson (LH I, 519) believed both Einarr’s lausavísur to be genuine, citing the form rinna, which rhymes on linns in Lv 2/2V.
Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Einarr þveræingr Eyjólfsson, Lausavísa’ 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. 804.
Skj: Einarr Eyjolfsson, þveræingr: Lausavísur (AI, 307, BI, 284-5); stanzas (if different): 1 |
SkP info: I, 804
1 — Eþver Lv 1I
Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr þveræingr Eyjólfsson, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 804.
context: In ÓH (1941, I, 326-9) and Hkr (ÍF 27, 215-7), Þórarinn Nefjólfsson at the Icelandic alþingi declaims a message from King Óláfr Haraldsson that he wishes to annex the island of Grímsey in exchange for friendship and unspecified benefits. The men of the Northern quarter are most affected and, swayed in their discussion by Guðmundr Eyjólfsson of Möðruvellir, incline to accept, but then his brother Einarr, in a now-famous speech about Iceland’s past and future freedom, swings opinion against the bid. Only in 61 does he also recite the stanza.
notes: : An aðalhending involving leið ‘hateful’ and reiði ‘anger’ is also the basis for Hfr Lv 9/6V (Hallfr 12) and Stefnir Lv 2/2.
texts: ‹ÓH 91›
editions: Skj Einarr Eyjolfsson, þveræingr: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 307; BI, 284-5); Skald I, 145; Fms 4, 282, Fms 12, 87, ÓH 1941, II, 809.