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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Einarr þambarskelfir Eindriðason (Eþsk)

volume 1; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Couplet (Couplet) - 1

not in Skj

Einarr þambarskelfir ‘Paunch-shaker’ (?) Eindriðason (Eþsk; c. 987-1051/52) was one of the most powerful Norwegian district chieftains of his time. At the age of thirteen, he participated in the naval battle of Svǫlðr (c. 1000), fighting alongside King Óláfr Tryggvason on Óláfr’s ship, the famous Ormr inn langi (‘the Long Serpent’). Subsequently, he served as the adviser and regent to Óláfr Haraldsson’s young son, Magnús inn góði ‘the Good’ (r. 1035-47). After Magnús’s death, Einarr became a district chieftain of King Haraldr harðráði ‘Hard-rule’ Sigurðarson, but their relationship turned sour (see Hharð Lv 6-7II). Eventually Einarr and his son Eindriði were ambushed and killed by King Haraldr and his men in Trondheim, c. 1051/52. The meaning of Einarr’s nickname þambarskelfir is possibly ‘Paunch-shaker’, but has been much debated: see Gade (1995b), Gade (1995c), Sayers (1995) and Liberman (1996). Other than the couplet below, no poetry is attributed to Einarr.

Kock, Skald. I 79

Couplet — Eþsk CoupletI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘ Einarr þambarskelfir Eindriðason, Couplet’ 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. 452. <> (accessed 25 May 2022)


SkP info: I, 452

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1 — Eþsk Couplet 1I

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr þambarskelfir Eindriðason, Couplet 1’ 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. 452.

Ofveykr, ofveykr,
allvalds bogi!

Ofveykr, ofveykr, bogi allvalds!

Too weak, too weak, the mighty ruler’s bow!

texts: ÓT 59, Hkr 190

editions: Skj Not in Skj; Skald I, 79, NN §2405; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 449, ÍF 26, 363 (ÓTHkr ch. 108), F 1871, 164; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 275 (ch. 251), Flat 1860-8, I, 486.


AM 35 folx (Kx) 213v - 213v (Hkr)  image  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 36rb - 36rb (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 325 VIII 1 4° (325VIII 1) 5va - 5va (Hkr)  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 132v - 132v (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 115v - 115v (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 67vb - 67vb (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 64vb - 64vb (ÓT)  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 65ra - 65ra (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 100va - 100va (ÓT)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 64vb - 64vb (ÓT)  image  image  image  
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