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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, 226

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8 — Eyv Lv 8I

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 Kx Bárom ullr vm alla | imvn lꜹcs oc hꜹka | fiollom fýris valla | fræ haconar æfi | nu hefir folc striþir froþa | faglýiaðra þyia | melldr i moðǫr holldo | mello dólgs vm folgiɴ  edit 
 F Bárom | vllr of alla imvn lꜹks a hꜹka fíollum ufiollum/u fyris val | lar frø̨ hakonar ø̨fi · nv hefir folk striðir froða fa glyiaðra | þyía melldr i moðvr holldi mellv dolgs of folgíɴ ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 51x Barom ullr um alla | imon lauks a hauga | fiollum fyris vallar | fræ Haconar æfe | nu hæfir folkstriðir froða | fa glyara þya | meld i moðor hollde | mello dolgs um folgenn |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 302x Barom ullr um alla | imon lauks a hauga | fiollum fyris vallar | fræ Hakonar æfe | nu hæfir folkstriðir froða | fa glyara þya | meld i moðor hollde | mello dolgs um folgenn. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Barom ullr um alla | imon laukssa hauka | fiallum fyres vallar | fræ Hakonar æve | nu hevir folcstriðir froða | fiolglyjaðra þyia | molldar i moðor hollde || mellu dolgs um folgenn |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Barom ullr | um alla , imonlauks a Hauka fiallum fyris | vallar fræ Haconar æve , nu hevír folcstriðir | Froða , fiolglyaðra þyía , molldar i moðor hollde | mellu dolgs um folginn .   [VEÞ]  edit 
 R Barvm vllr of allan imvnletvrs ahꜹka fiollvm fyris valla fræ hakvnar æfi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 A barvm ullr um alla imvn lauks ahauka .   [VEÞ]  edit 
 W Barum ullr um alla imun lauks a hauka.   [TW]  edit 
 B Barum ullr vm alla mun lauks a hauka.   [VEÞ]  edit 

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