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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

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

1. Hákonarmál (Hák) - 21

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).

Hákonarmál (‘Words about Hákon’) — Eyv HákI

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál’ 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. 171.

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Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 1. Hákonarmál, 961 (AI, 64-8, BI, 57-60)

SkP info: I, 192

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19 — Eyv Hák 19I

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 Kx Goðo døgri || verðr sa gramr vm borinn | er ser getr slícan sefa | hans aldar mun | æ vera | at goðo getið |   [RDF]  edit 
 F Goðo dø̨gri verþr sa gramr of boríɴ er ser getr slikan sefa. | hans alldar man ø̨ vera at goðo getið. |   [RDF]  edit 
 J1x Goðv degri verþr sa gramr of borinn er ser ge | tr slikan sefa hans alldar man ǽ vera at goðv getid |   [RDF]  edit 
 J2x Goðu degri | verþr sa gramr ofborinn | er ser getr slicann sefa | hans alldar | man æ vera | at goðu getið |   [RDF]  edit 
 FskBx Goðo dæme var sa rai gramr umborin | er ser getr slikan sefa | hans alldr man æ vera at goðo getið |   [RDF]  edit 
 51x Goðo do᷎me⸜gre⸝ var sa gramr um borenn | er ser getr slikan sefa | hans alldr man æ vera er at goðo getet |   [RDF]  edit 
 302x Goðo do᷎gre var sa gramr um borenn || er ser getr slikan sefa | hans alldr man æ vera [...] at goðo getet |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Goðo do᷎gre verðr sa | gramr umborinn | er ser getr slican so᷎va | hans aldrs | mun æ vera | at goðo getet |   [RDF]  edit 
 52x Goðo do᷎gri verþr sa | gramr vm borinn | er ser getr slican so᷎va | hans aldrs | mun æ vera | at goðo getit |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Goðo dꝍgre verðr sa gra | mr umborenn er ser getr slikann sꝍva hans aldrs | mun æ vera at goðo getet ,   [VEÞ]  edit 
 761bx Goðo dø̨gri verðr sa | gramr vm borinn | er ser getr slícan sefa. | hans aldar | mun æ vera | at goðo getið. |   [RDF]  edit 

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