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Torf-Einarr Rǫgnvaldsson (TorfE)

9th century; volume 1; ed. Russell Poole;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 5

Einarr jarl Rǫgnvaldsson (TorfE) ruled over the Orkneys at some time in the early tenth century. Our knowledge of him derives largely from Orkn, Fsk, and HHárf in Hkr; the relevant part of ÓT essentially derives from Hkr. All three principal compilations incorporate lausavísur ascribed to Einarr which are printed below as his five lausavísur. Additionally, Orkn and Hkr give a brief account of his life and of the events that the lausavísur relate to. Parts of the story are also told in Ldn (ÍF 1, 314, 316) but without the lausavísur (Mundal 1993, 248). His more familiar name, Torf-Einarr ‘Turf-Einarr’, is explained as due to his adoption of peat as a fuel in Orkney (ÍF 34, 11; ÍF 26, 129).

Einarr was a son of Rǫgnvaldr Mœrajarl ‘Jarl of Møre’, his mother being a concubine (see Note to Lv 1 [All] on Rǫgnvaldr’s sons). When King Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’ awarded Rǫgnvaldr the rule of Orkney and Shetland in compensation for the killing of his son Ívarr, Rǫgnvaldr initially delegated it to his brother Sigurðr, then to Sigurðr’s son Guttormr, and after their deaths to his own son Hallaðr. Only after Hallaðr failed in the task did Rǫgnvaldr grudgingly assent to Einarr’s offer to take it on (ÍF 34, 10-11). Torf-Einarr established himself as lord of the islands, having first defeated two viking leaders; see Anon (Hhárf). The killing of Rǫgnvaldr, possibly at Haraldr’s instigation, precipitated the vengeance on Einarr’s part recounted in the lausavísur.

Lausavísur — TorfE LvI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Torf-Einarr Rǫgnvaldsson, 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. 129.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5 

Skj: Torf-Einarr jarl: Lausavísur (AI, 31-2, BI, 27-8); stanzas (if different): 2 | 4 | 5

SkP info: I, 131

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1 — TorfE Lv 1I

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 Kx Sekat ec Hrolfs or hendi | ne Hrollꜹgi fliuga | dꜹʀ a dǫla meɴgi | dugir os fꜹþur hefna | en i qveld þar er knyiom | of kerstrꜹmi rómo | þegiandi sitr þetta | Þorir Jarl a mǫri  edit 
 F Sekað ek hrolfs | or hendi ne hrollꜹgi flívga dꜹ́ʀ a dolga menngi dvgir óz | fꜹðvr hefna · eɴ i kvelld þar er knyiom at kerstrꜹmi romo þe | gianndi sítr þetta þorir Jarl a mǿ̨ri ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Sekaðek ʀolfs or hænnde | ne rollaughi fliugha | dor a dꝍla (dolga) mænge | dughir oss feður hefna | enn i kvæld meðan (þar er) knyium | um (of) ker stroumi romu | þæghiande sitr þesse (þetta) | Þorer Iarl a ᴍære ||   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Sekaðek Rolfs or hænde ne | Rollaughi fliugha dor a dꝍla mænge dughir oss | feðr hefna , enn i kvælld meðan knyium um kerstrou | mi romu þæghiande sitr þesse þorir Jarl a ᴍære |   [VEÞ]  edit 

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