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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, ‘ 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. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1187> (accessed 20 October 2021)

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

SkP info: I, 193

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21 — Eyv Hák 21I

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 Kx Deyr fe | deyia frændr | eyðiz land ok lað | sizt Hacon | með heiðin goð | morg er þioð vm þíað ||   [RDF]  edit 
 F Deyr fe deyia frø̨ndr eyðíz land ok lað. siti hakon | m heiðin goð morg er þioð of þiað.   [RDF]  edit 
 J1x Deyr fe deyia frendr | æyþiz land ok lað sizt hacon· fór m heþin goð mꜹrg | er þioð of þiað +o   [RDF]  edit 
 J2x Deyr fe | deyia frendr | æyðiz land oc lað | sizt Hakon for | með heiðinn goð | mꜹrg er þioð ofþiað |   [RDF]  edit 
 FskBx dæyr fe dꝍyía frendr | ꝍyðiz land oc lað siðann | Hacon for hæíðinn guð morg er þioð um þiað |   [RDF]  edit 
 51x do᷎yr fe . do᷎yia frendr | æyðiz lannd oc lað siðan Hacon for hæiðin guð. | morg er þioð um þíað |   [RDF]  edit 
 302x Do᷎yr fe do᷎yia frendr. | æyðiz lannd oc lað siðan Hacon for hæiðin guð. | morg er þioð um þat þíað |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 761bx Deyr fe | deyia frændr | eyðiz land oc láð. | sizt Hacon | með heiþin goð | morg er þioð vm þíað. ||   [RDF]  edit 

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