Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

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

3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 14

Skj info: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, Norsk skjald, 10. årh. (d. omkr. 990). (AI, 64-74, BI, 57-65).

Skj poems:
1. Hákonarmál
2. Háleygjatal
3. Lausavísur

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).

Lausavísur — Eyv LvI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Lausavísur’ 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. 213.

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Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur (AI, 71-4, BI, 62-5)

SkP info: I, 229

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10 — Eyv Lv 10I

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Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.

 Kx Eiɴ drottin hefe ec áttan | jofr dyʀ eɴ þic fyʀi | belli bragningr elli | bið ec eigi mer ens þriðia | trur var ec tiɢia dýrom | tveim scioldom lec ec aldri | fylli ec flocc þiɴ stillir | fellr á hendr mér elli  edit 
 F Eíɴ drottín hefi ek | attan iofvrr dýʀ eɴ þig fyʀi belli bragningr elli bid ek | ei mer híns þriþía · tryɢr var ek tíɢía dyrom tveim skiolldom | lék ek alldri fylli ek flock þíɴ stillir fellr a hendr mer | elli ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 51x Æínn drotten hæfi ec attan | iafur dyrr en þic fyrri | bellir bragingr ælli | bið ec æi mer híns þriðia | trur var ec tiggia dyrum | tvæim skiolldum lek ec alldre | fylli ec flok þinn stillir | fællzk a hændr mer ælli |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 302x Æínn drotten hæfi ec attan | iafur dyrr en þic fyrri | bellir bragingr ælli | bið ec æi mer híns þriðia. | trur var ec tiggia dyrum | tvæim skiolldum lek ec alldre | fylli ec flok þinn stillir | fællzk a hændr mer ælli. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Einn drottin hevi ec attan || jofur dyrr enn þecc fyrri | bellir bragningr ælli | bið ec eigi mer hins þriðia | trur var ec tiggia dyrum | tveim skialldum lek ec alldri | fylli ec flock þinn stillir | fællr a henndr mer elli |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Einn drot | tinn hevi ec attann , jofur dyʀ enn þec fyrri , bellir | bragningr ælli , bið ec æighi mer hins þriðia | trur var ec tiggia dyrum , tveim skialldum lec | ec alldri , fylli ec flock þinn stillir , fællr a hæn | dr mer elli .   [VEÞ]  edit 

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