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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Torf-Einarr Rǫgnvaldsson (TorfE)

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

Lausavísur (Lv) - 5

Skj info: Torf-Einarr jarl, Jarl på Orknøerne; omkr. 900. (AI, 31-32, BI, 27-28).

Skj poems:
Lausavísur

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.

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

SkP info: I, 136

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4 — TorfE Lv 4I

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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 Rekit hefi ec Rognvaldz dꜹða | en reðo þvi nornir | nu er fólc stuðill falliɴ | at fiorðungi minom | verpit snarpir sveinar | þvi at sigri ver raðom | scatt væl ec honom harþan | at hafoto grioti  edit 
 F Rekít hefi ek rog | nvalldz dꜹða rett skípto þvi nornir nv er folkstvþill fallíɴ | af fíorðuɴgi mínom · verpit snarpir sveinar þviat sigri ver raðom sk | átt · vel ek hánom harðan at hafǿ̨tto gríoti ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Rekit hævi (tel) ec Rognvalz douða | enn roðo þvi nꝍrer (rett skiftu þvi nornir) | nu er folcstuðill fallinn | at fiorðunge minum | lyðe snottrir sæggir (verpit snarpir sveinar) | þvi at sighri ver roðom (sigr hofom fengit) | scatt væl ec honom harðan | at hofꝍto grioti |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Rekit hævi ec Rognvallz douða enn roðo þvi no᷎ | rer , nu er folc stuðill fallinn at fiorðunge minum | lyðe snotrir sæggir þvi at sighri ver roðom scatt | væl ec honom harðann at hofæto grioti .   [VEÞ]  edit 

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