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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, 224

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7 — Eyv Lv 7I

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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 Litt qvaðo þic láta | landvǫrðr er brast hǫrða | benia hagl a bryniom | buguz álmar geð fálma | þa er ofólgiɴ ylgiar | endr or þiɴi hendi | fetla svell til fyllar | full eɢ Haraldr gullo  edit 
 F Lítt kvaðo þig lata | land vꜹrðr er brast hꜹrða benía hagl a bryniom bvgvz al | mar geð falma · þa er vfolgíɴ ylgíar endr or þíɴí || hendi fetla svell til fyllar fvlleɢ haraldr gvllv ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 51x Lítt cvaðo þic lata | landvorðr er brast hiorva | bǽnía hagl a bryniur | buguz almar giæð falma | þa er ofolgen ylgiar || endr or þinni hende | fetla spellz til fyllar. | fullægg Haralldr gullu |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 302x Lítt cvaðo þic lata | landvorðr er brast hiorva | bǽnía hagl a bryniur | buguz almar giæð falma | þa er ofolgen ylgiar | endr or þinni hende | fetla spellz til fyllar | fullægg Haralldr gullu. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Litt kvaðo þec lata | landvorðr er brast horða | benia hagl a bryniur | buguzt almar gæð falma | þa ufolgenn ylgiar | Ænndr or þinni hennde | fætla svæll til fullar | full ægg Haraldr gullu |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Litt kvaðo þec || lata landvorðr er brast horða , beniahagl a bry | niur , buguzl abr almar gæð falma , þa ufolgenn | ylgiar , ænndr or þinne hænnde , fætla svæll til ful | lar , full ægg Hara⸌ldr⸍lz gullu ,   [VEÞ]  edit 
 R Litt qvoþvt þit la | ta landvorðr er brast hꜹrþa bryniv hagl i benivm bvgvz almar geð palma |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 A Lítt | kvaðo þik lata land vǫrðr ær brast hǫrða bryniv hagl i bænivm bvgvz álmar | gæð fálma .   [VEÞ]  edit 

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