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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

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

3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 14

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, 216

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2 — Eyv Lv 2I

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 Kx Samira norðr en norðaʀ | naddregns hvotom þegni | ver getom bili at bolva | borþmǫrar kæ fǫra | nu er þat er rekr a rakna || rymleið flota breiðan | gripom ver i greipar | guɴborð Haraldr suɴan  edit 
 F Samir a norðr eɴ nor | ðaʀ naddregns hvꜹtom þegní · ver getvm bíli at bꜹlva borð | mørar skø̨ fø̨ra · nv er þat rø̨tt eɴ rakna rím seið flóta | breiðan gripom ver i greípar gvɴ borð haralldr suɴan ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 51x Samer at niorð en norðarr | naddregns hvatum þegne | ver getom bili at bolva | blamo᷎rar skǽ fo᷎ra | nu er þat er rækkr at regne | rumskæiðs flota bræiðan | gripum ver i græipar | gunnborð haralldr sunnan |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 302x Samer at niorð en norðarr. | naddregns hvatum þegne | ver getom bili at bolva | blamo᷎rar skǽ fo᷎ra | nu er þat er rækkr at regne | rumskæiðs flota bræiðan | gripum ver i græipar | gunnborð Haralldr sunnan. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Samer a norðr enn norðar | naðregns hvatum þegni | ver getom bili at bolva | blamꝍrar skæfꝍra | nu er þat er reckr a racna | rumleið flota breiðan | gripum ver i greipar | gunnborð Haralldr sunnan |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 52x Samir a norðr en norðar | naðregns hvatum þegni | ver getom bili at bolva | blamo᷎rar scæfo᷎ra | nu er þat er reckr a rakna | rumleið flota breiðan | gripum ver i greipar | gunnborð Haraldr sunnann |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Samer | a norðr enn norðar naðregns hvatum þegne | ver getum bili at bolva , blamærar skæfæri | nu er þat er reckr a racna , rumleið flo | ta breiðan , gripum ver i greipar , gunnborð Ha | raldr sunnan   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Þb106x Bamir a niord en nordar nadregns huótum þegne. | os samer bil ad balva bordmærar skæ færa Nu er þar er Reckur at rakna rꜳ stod Kongur | slödar  gripum oz i greipar  gunnbord Haralldur   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Þb112x Bamera mord | enn nordar  nadregns huótum þegne  os samir bil ad balua  bordmærar skæ færa | Nu er þar er reckur at rakna  rꜳ stod Kongur slodar  gripum os i greipar  gunn | bord Haralldur.   [VEÞ]  edit 

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