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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, 221

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5 — Eyv Lv 5I

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 Kx Veit ec at beit hinn | byɢving meðal dyɢvan || bulca scíþs or baðom | benvǫndr konungs hꜹndom | ufæliɴ clꜹf ála | eldrꜹgr scarar hꜹga | gullhiolltoðom galltar | grandaðr dana brandi  edit 
 51x Væít ec at bæít hinn bitri | hyggíung meðal dyggvan | bulka skiðs or baðom bænvondr konongs hondum || ofælen klauf ola | el draugr skarar hauga | gullhialltaðum galltar | grannd að Dana brannde |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 302x Væít ec at bæít hinn bitri | hyggíung meðal dyggvan | bulka skiðs or baðom | bænvondr konongs hondum | ofælen klauf ola | el draugr skarar hauga | gullhialltaðum galltar | grandað dana brannde. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Væit ec at beitt hinn bitri | byggving meðal dyggvang | bulka skiðs or baðom | benvonndr konungs hanndum | ofælinn klauf ola | el draugr skarar hauga | gullhialltaðum galltar | granndat dana brannde |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 52x Væit ec at beit hinn bitri | byɢving meðal dyɢvang | bulka sciþs or baðom | benvondr konongs hondum | ofælinn klꜹf ola | eldrꜹgr scarar hꜹga | gullhialtaðum galtar | grandað dana brande |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Veit | ec at bæit hinn bitri , byggving meðal dyggvang || bulkasciðs or baðom , benvonndr konongs hanndom , ofæ | linn klauf ola eldraugr skarar hauga , gullhiallta | dum galltar granndat dana brannde ,   [VEÞ]  edit 

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