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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Russell Poole;

2. Háleygjatal (Hál) - 16

Eyvindr (Eyv, c. 915-990) has been called the last important Norwegian skald (Genzmer 1920, 159; also Boyer 1990a, 201). He is listed in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 256, 261, 265-6) among the poets of Hákon góði ‘the Good’ Haraldsson and Hákon jarl Sigurðarson. His maternal grandmother was a daughter of Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’, and he seems to have been close to Haraldr’s son Hákon góði from early on, serving at his court as one of a group of brilliant skalds. After Hákon’s death he resided at the court of Haraldr gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’, but relations with Haraldr seem to have soured quickly, as evidenced by his lausavísur. Eyvindr spent the last part of his life with the powerful Hákon jarl Sigurðarson of Hlaðir (Lade), whose family had supported Hákon góði against the sons of Eiríkr blóðøx ‘Blood-axe’. According to Hkr (ÍF 26, 221), in addition to Háleygjatal (Hál), Hákonarmál (Hák) and the lausavísur, Eyvindr composed a poem Íslendingadrápa, but this has not come down to us. The epithet skáldaspillir is usually interpreted to mean ‘Plagiarist’, literally ‘Destroyer (or Despoiler?) of Poets’ in reference to his habit of drawing inspiration from and alluding to earlier compositions, specifically Ynglingatal (Þjóð Yt) for Hál and Eiríksmál (Anon Eirm), along with several eddic poems, for Hák (see Introductions to Hál and Hák). The alternative interpretation ‘Poem-reciter’ proposed by Wadstein (1895a, 88) is unconvincing; see further Olsen (1962a, 28), and Beck (1994a). For further biographical information, see LH I, 447-9, Holm-Olsen (1953) and Marold (1993a).

Háleygjatal (‘Enumeration of the Háleygir (people of Hálogaland)’) — Eyv HálI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Háleygjatal’ 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. 195.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13 

for reference only:  1x   3x   11x 

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 2. Háleygjatal, c. 985 (AI, 68-71, BI, 60-2); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3-4 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13-14 | 14 | 15 | 16

SkP info: I, 207

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9 — Eyv Hál 9I

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 F Ok | sigvrþ híɴ er svꜹnom veítti hroka híor haddingia vals far | ma tys fíorví nø̨mðo iarðraðendr a oglóe ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 51x Oc Sigurð hinn er sonom væíttí | rokabíor haddingia vals | farma tyrs fiorve næmdu | iarðraðendr a Agloe |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 302x Oc Sigurð hinn er sonom væíttí | rokabíor haddingia vals | farma tyrs fiorve næmdu | iarðraðendr a Agloe. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Oc sigurð hanom | er svanom veitti | roka bior | hanndingia vals | farma tyss | fiorvi næmndo | iarðraðenndr | a ogloe |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Oc sigurð honom er svanom væi | tti roka bior handingia vals farmatyss fior | vi næmndo jarðraðendr a Ogloe .   [VEÞ]  edit 
 R Oc sig | vrþr hiɴ er svꜹnvm veitti hraka bior had | dingia vals farmatýs fiorvi næmþv iarþ | rá þrændr a ogloe.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 R Farma tys fiorvi næmðv iarþa ðrændr aogloe.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 A Farma tys .   [VEÞ]  edit 
 W Farma tys fiorvi næmdi Jarðraðendr a | ogloe.   [TW]  edit 

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