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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Egill Skallagrímsson (Egill)

10th century; volume 5; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 48

Skj info: Egill Skallagrímsson, Islandsk skjald; o. 900-983. (AI, 34-60, BI, 30-53).

Skj poems:
[8]. Ubestemmeligt brudstykke
1. Aðalsteinsdrápa
2. Hǫfuðlausn
3. Sonatorrek
4. Arinbjarnarkviða
5. Skjaldardrápa
6. Berudrápa
7. Lausavísur

This edition is currently in preparation. The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.

Egill Skallagrímsson (Egill) was born in the west of Iceland to the Norwegian settler Skallagrímr Kveldúlfsson (see separate Biography) and his wife Bera Yngvarsdóttir, probably some time in the last years of the ninth century or the first decade of the tenth. Details of his family’s extensive settlement and his descendants are recorded in Landnámabók (ÍF 1, 68, 70-1, 95 n. 8) as well as in the anonymous saga named for him, Egils saga (Eg), usually considered one of the earliest of the sagas of Icelanders and by many the work of Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241), who was descended from Egill on his mother’s side. The attribution to Snorri is plausible though by no means certain (cf. Hallberg 1962b; West 1980; Vésteinn Ólason 1968 and 1990; Torfi Tulinius 2004).

Most of the details of Egill’s life come from his saga and the poetry transmitted in it or in connection with it. According to these sources, he took after his father and paternal grandfather in being dark, ugly, aggressive and independent. These character traits caused all three men to fall foul of two generations of Norwegian kings, Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’ Hálfdanarson and Eiríkr blóðøx ‘Blood-axe’ Haraldsson, and to seek sanctuary in Iceland. Even as a boy, Egill displayed all these qualities in large measure, as well as an outstanding ability as a poet. His brother Þórólfr, on the other hand, like his paternal uncle of the same name in the previous generation, became a king’s man. Egill travelled to Norway but became embroiled in bitter conflict with Eiríkr and his queen Gunnhildr, who was particularly hostile to Egill, and he was outlawed as a consequence. With his brother, he then travelled to England and sought service with King Aðalsteinn (OE Æþelstan); the brothers participated in the battle of Vínheiðr (thought by many scholars to be equivalent to the Old English Brunanburh, fought in 937; cf. Hollander (1933) on the literary ‘ingredients’ of this narrative). Þórólfr was killed in action and, after Egill confronted Aðalsteinn in an outrageously overbearing manner (as the saga has it), the king compensated him handsomely for his loss and promised him his friendship. Egill then returned to Norway and married his brother’s widow, Ásgerðr, went back to Iceland and took up farming. However, marrying Ásgerðr brought with it some complex legal baggage back in Norway, and after her father’s death, Egill returned to Norway to try to claim her inheritance from her half-sister’s husband, Berg-Ǫnundr. He almost succeeded but the king and queen intervened to prevent him, in the process killing some of his men, and either confiscating or destroying his property. Egill retaliated by killing his enemies, who included a number of the king’s men as well as the king’s son Rǫgnvaldr, who was only a boy. To make sure his vengeance against the king and queen worked, he raised a níðstǫng, an ‘insult-pole’, against them, calling upon the guardian deities of Norway to drive the pair from the land. He then returned to Iceland.

Eiríkr was driven from Norway by one of his own brothers, Hákon Aðalsteinsfóstri ‘Foster-son of Aðalsteinn’, after he had killed two other brothers in a struggle for the throne. With Gunnhildr, he established himself in Northumbria, and ruled this kingdom from York (Jórvík). According to the saga, Gunnhildr’s magic drew Egill from Iceland to England, where he thought to visit his friend Aðalsteinn, who, according to the saga (and quite unhistorically, as the king died in 939), was still alive. (The unhistorical notion that Eiríkr’s reign in Northumbria occurred during Aðalsteinn’s lifetime is also to be found in Ágrip (Ágr 2008, 16-17 and n. 31, pp. 90-1).

Egill travelled to England via Orkney and Scotland, but his ship was wrecked in the mouth of the River Humber, where he heard that Eiríkr was in residence at nearby York. Gunnhildr’s magic had thus drawn him irrevocably into the king’s power and it was in this desperate situation, and on the advice of his friend Arinbjǫrn, who was also one of the king’s men, that he composed his Hǫfuðlausn (Hfl) and so ransomed his head. Afterwards he visited Aðalsteinn, and, after many conflicts and lawsuits, eventually gained his wife’s inheritance in Norway. He then retired to Iceland, settled down and became a successful farmer and landowner, living until an advanced old age. In later life he suffered the loss of two of his sons, a circumstance that occasioned his elegaic poem Sonatorrek (St). He also composed poetry (notably Arinbjarnarkviða, Arkv) in honour of his friend Arinbjǫrn.

Egill was a prolific poet but not a court poet in the conventional sense, as most of his oeuvre has been transmitted only in medieval mss and later copies of Eg, aside from the quotation of some of his poetry in the grammatical treatises. He is credited with forty-eight lausavísur across the mss of Eg, as well as with six drápur, three of which have  survived in some form or other. Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261, 273, 284, 285) names Egill as a poet of Eiríkr blóðøx, Aðalsteinn of England and the Norwegian hersar Arinbjǫrn Þórisson and Þorsteinn Þóruson.

Lausavísur — Egill LvV (Eg)

Not published: do not cite (Egill LvV (Eg))

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Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur (AI, 48-59, BI, 42-53); stanzas (if different): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35a | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39? | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46

in texts: Eg, Gramm, LaufE, Skm, SnE, TGT

This edition is currently in preparation and will be published in a forthcoming volume of the series. The text below is from a superseded edition (Skj where relevant).

1 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 4 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 1) — Egill — Egill Lv 1V (Eg 4)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Kominn emk ern til arna
Yngvars, þess's beð lyngva
(hann vask fúss at finna)
fránþvengjar gefr drengjum;
mun eigi þú, þægir,
þrévetran mér betra,
ljósundinna landa
linns, óðar smið finna.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: F a. Uægte vers i sagaer: I Egilssaga 1 (AI, 603; BI, 602); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A δ, 162A ε, 162A ζ, 453x, 458x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 4
 
2 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 5 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 2) — Egill — Egill Lv 2V (Eg 5)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Síþǫgla gaf sǫglum
sárgagls þría Agli
hirðimeiðr við hróðri
hagr brimrótar gagra,
ok bekkþiðurs blakka
borðvallar gaf fjorða
kennimeiðr, sás kunni,
kǫrbeð, Egil gleðja.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: F a. Uægte vers i sagaer: I Egilssaga 2 (AI, 603; BI, 603); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A δ, 162A ε, 162A κ, 162A ζ, 453x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 5
 
3 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 7 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 3) — Egill Lv 3V (Eg 7)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Þat mælti mín móðir,
at mér skyldi kaupa
fley ok fagrar árar,
fara á braut með víkingum,
standa upp í stafni,
stýra dýrum knerri,
halda svá til hafnar
hǫggva mann ok annan.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 1 (o. 907 - AI, 48; BI, 42); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A δ, 162A ζ, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 7
 
4 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 8 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 4) — Egill Lv 4V (Eg 8)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Sǫgðuð, sverriflagða,
sumbleklu, herkumbla
- því telk - brjótr, þars blétuð
- bragðvísan þik - dísir;
leynduð alls til illa
ókunna hjǫrrunna,
ilt hafið bragð of brugðit,
Bárøðr, hugar fári.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 2 (o. 923 - AI, 49; BI, 42-3); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A δ, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 8
 
5 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 9 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 5) — Egill Lv 5V (Eg 9)

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Rístum rún á horni,
rjóðum spjǫll í dreyra,
þau velk orð til eyrna
óðs dýrs viðar róta;
drekkum veig sem viljum,
vel glýjaðra þýja;
vita, hvé oss of eiri
ǫl þats Bárøðr signði.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 3 (c. 923 - AI, 49; BI, 43); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A δ, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 9
 
6 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 10 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 6) — Egill Lv 6V (Eg 10)

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Ǫl ber mér, þvít Ǫlvi
ǫl gerir nú fǫlvan,
atgeira lætk úra
ýring of grǫn skýra;
ǫllungis kant illa,
oddskýs, fyr þér nýsa,
(rigna getr at regni)
regnbjóðr (Háars þegna).

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 4 (c. 923 - AI, 49; BI, 43); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A δ, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, JS28x, Wolf; texts: Eg 10
 
7 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 11 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 7) — Egill Lv 7V (Eg 11)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Svá hefk leystsk ór Lista
láðvarðaðar garði,
né fágak dul drjúgan,
dáðmildr ok Gunnhildar,
at þrifreynis þjónar
þrír nakkvarir Hlakkar,
til hásalar Heljar
helgengnir, fǫr dvelja.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 5 (c. 923 - AI, 49; BI, 43); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, JS28x, Wolf; texts: Eg 11
 
8 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 12 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 8) — Egill Lv 8V (Eg 12)

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Upp skulum órum sverðum,
ulfs tannlituðr, glitra,
eigum dôð at drýgja
í dalmiskunn fiska;
leiti upp til Lundar
lýða hverr sem bráðast,
gerum þar fyr sjǫt sólar
seið ófagran vigra.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 6 (c. 924 - AI, 50; BI, 43); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A ε, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, 744x, 761bx, B, M, R, Tx, U, W, Wolf; texts: Eg 12, LaufE 163(392), Skm 141
 
9 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 14 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 9) — Egill Lv 9V (Eg 14)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Farit hefk blóðgum brandi,
mér benþiðurr fylgði,
ok gjallanda geiri,
gangr vas harðr af víkingum;
gerðum reiðir róstur,
rann eldr of sjǫt manna,
létum blóðga búka
í borghliði sœfask.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 7 (c.924 - AI, 50; BI, 43-4); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A ε, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 14
 
10 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 15 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 10) — Egill Lv 10V (Eg 15)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Gerðum hølzti harða
hríð fyr Jótlands síðu,
barðisk vel sás varði
víkingr Dana ríki,
áðr á sund fyr sandi
snarfengr með lið drengja
austr af unnar hesti
Eyvindr of hljóp skreyja.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 8 (c. 924 - AI, 50; BI, 44); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 15
 
11 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 16 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 11) — Egill Lv 11V (Eg 16)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Áleifr of kom jǫfri
ótt (víg) á bak flótta
(þingharðan frák þengil
þann), en feldi annan;
glapstígu lét gnóga
Goðrekr á mó troðna,
jǫrð spenr Engla skerðir
Alfgeirs und sik halfa.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 9 (c. 925 - AI, 50; BI, 44); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 16
 
12 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 17 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 12) — Egill Lv 12V (Eg 17)

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Gekk, sás óðisk ekki,
jarlmanns bani snarla
(þreklundaðr fell) Þundar
(Þórolfr) í gný stórum;
jǫrð grœr, en vér verðum,
Vínu nærr of mínum,
(helnauð es þat) hylja
harm, ágætum barma.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 10 (c. 925 - AI, 51; BI, 44); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A η, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 17
 
13 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 18 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 13) — Egill Lv 13V (Eg 18)

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Valkǫstum hlóðk vestan
vang fyr merkistangir;
ótt vas él þats sóttak
Aðjils blôum Naðri;
háði ungr við Engla
Áleifr þrimu stála,
helt, né hrafnar sultu,
Hringr á vápnaþingi.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 11 (c. 925 - AI, 51; BI, 44-5); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A η, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 18
 
14 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 19 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 14) — Egill Lv 14V (Eg 19)

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Hrammtangar lætr hanga
hrynvirgil mér brynju
Hǫðr á hauki troðnum
heiðis vingameiði;
rauðmeldrs kná ek reiða,
ræðr gunnvala bræðir,
gelgju seiðs á galga
geirveðrs, lofi at meira.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 12 (c. 925 - AI, 51; BI, 45); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A η, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 19
 
15 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 20 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 15) — Egill Lv 15V (Eg 20)

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Knôttu hvarms af harmi
hnúpgnípur mér drúpa,
nú fank þann, es ennis
ósléttur þær rétti;
gramr hefr gerðihǫmrum
grundar upp of hrundit,
sá's mér ýgr af augum,
armsíma, mér, grímu.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 13 (c. 925 - AI, 51; BI, 45); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A η, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, 744x, B, C, M, R, Tx, U, Wolf; texts: Eg 20, Skm 396
 
16 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 23 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 16) — Egill Lv 16V (Eg 23)

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Ókynni vensk, ennis,
ung, þorðak vel forðum,
hauka klifs, at hefja,
Hlín, þvergnípur mínar;
verðk í feld, þás, foldar,
faldr kømr í hug skaldi
berg-"óneris", brúna
brátt miðstalli hváta.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 14 (c. 926 - AI, 52; BI, 45); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A θ, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 23
 
17 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 24 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 17) — Egill Lv 17V (Eg 24)

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Sef, Skuldar felk sjaldan,
sorg, Hlés vita, borgar,
í niðjerfi Narfa
nafn aurmýils, dafnar,
þvít geir-Rótu gǫtva
gnýþings bragar fingrum
rógs at ræsis veigum
reifendr munu þreifa.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 15 (c. 926 - AI, 52; BI, 45-6); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A θ, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 24
 
18 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 25 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 18) — Egill Lv 18V (Eg 25)

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Þýborna kveðr þorna
þorn reið áar horna,
sýslir hann of sína
síngirnð Ǫnundr, mína;
naddhristir, ák nistis
norn til arfs of borna,
þigg þú auðkonr eiða,
eiðsœrt es þat, greiða.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 16 (934 - AI, 52; BI, 46); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A θ, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, JS28x, Wolf; texts: Eg 25
 
19 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 26 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 19) — Egill Lv 19V (Eg 26)

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Erfingi ræðr arfi
arfljúgr fyr mér svarfa,
mœtik hans ok heitum
hótun, Þyrnifótar;
nærgis simla sorgar
slík rôn ek get hônum,
vér deildum fjǫt foldar
fold væringja, goldin.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 17 (934 - AI, 53; BI, 46); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, JS28x, Wolf; texts: Eg 26
 
20 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 27 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 20) — Egill Lv 20V (Eg 27)

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Nú hefr þrymrǫgnir þegna
þróttharðr, en mik varðak
víti, várrar sveitar
vígelds tíu felda,
þvít sárlaxa Sýrar,
sendr ór minni hendi,
digr fló beint meðal bjúgra
bifþorn Ketils rifja.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 18 (934 - AI, 53; BI, 46); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 27
 
21 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 28 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 21) — Egill Lv 21V (Eg 28)

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Svá skyldi goð gjalda,
gram reki bǫnd af lǫndum,
reið sé rǫgn ok Óðinn,
rôn míns féar hônum;
folkmýgi lát flœja,
Freyr ok Njǫrðr, af jǫrðum,
leiðisk lofða stríði,
landôss, þanns vé grandar.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 19 (934 - AI, 53; BI, 46-7); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 28
 
22 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 29 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 22) — Egill Lv 22V (Eg 29)

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Lǫgbrigðir hefr lagða,
lindalfs, fyr mér sjǫlfum,
blekkir brœðra søkkva
brúðfang, vega langa;
Gunnhildi ák gjalda,
greypt's hennar skap, þenna,
ungr gatk ok læ launat,
landrekstr, bili grandat.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 20 (934 - AI, 53-4; BI, 47); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A η, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 29
 
23 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 30 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 23) — Egill Lv 23V (Eg 30)

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Sôtum lyngs til lengi,
ljósheims of bǫr þeima,
meirr varðak fé forðum,
fjarð-ǫlna hlut skǫrðum,
áðr Berg-Ǫnund benjum
bensœfðan létk venjask;
Bors niðjar feltk beðju
blóði Hadds ok Fróða.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 21 (934 - AI, 54; BI, 47); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 162A η, 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 30
 
24 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 31 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 24) — Egill Lv 24V (Eg 31)

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Bǫrðumk vér, né virðak,
vígleiptr sonar, heiptir,
Blóðøxar rauðk blóði
bǫðmildr ok Gunnhildar;
þar fellu nú þollar
þrettán lagar mána,
stendr af styrjar skyndi
starf, á einum karfa.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 22 (934 - AI, 54; BI, 47); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 31
 
25 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 32 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 25) — Egill Lv 25V (Eg 32)

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Þél høggr stórt fyr stáli
stafnkvígs á veg jafnan
út með éla meitli
andœrr jǫtunn vandar,
en svalbúinn selju
sverfr eirar vanr þeiri
Gestils ǫlpt með gustum
gandr of stáli ok brandi.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 23 (934 - AI, 54; BI, 47-8); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 32
 
26 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 33 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 26) — Egill Lv 26V (Eg 33)

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Kominn emk á jó Ívu
angrbeittum veg langan
ǫldu enskrar foldar
atsitjanda at vitja;
nú hefr sískelfir sjalfan
snarþôtt Haralds áttar
við ofrhuga yfrinn
undar bliks of fundinn.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 24 (936 - AI, 55; BI, 47-8); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 33
 
27 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 56 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 27) — Egill Lv 27V (Eg 56)

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Erumka leitt,
þótt ljótr séi,
hjalma klett,
hilmir, þiggja;
hvar's sás gat
af gǫfuglundum
œðri gjǫf
allvalds syni.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 25 (936 - AI, 55; BI, 48); kviðuháttr; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 56
 
28 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 57 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 28) — Egill Lv 28V (Eg 57)

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Svartbrúnum lét sjónum,
sannspár, hugins vára,
hugr tjóðum mjǫk mága,
mǫgnuðr Egil fagna;
arfstóli knák Ála
attgǫfguðum hattar
fyr rógnaðra regni
ráða nú sem áðan.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 26 (936 - AI, 55; BI, 48); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 57
 
29 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 58 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 29) — Egill Lv 29V (Eg 58)

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Urðumk leið en ljóta
landbeiðaðar reiði;
syngrat gaukr, ef glamma
gamm veit of sik þramma;
þar nautk enn sem optarr
arnstalls sjǫtul-bjarnar;
hnígrat allr, sás holla
hjalpendr of fǫr gjalpar.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 27 (938 - AI, 55; BI, 48); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 58
 
30 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 59 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 30) — Egill Lv 30V (Eg 59)

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Esa Friðgeiri fœri,
fǫrum holms á vit sǫrvar
(skulum banna) mjǫk (manni
mey) ørlygi at heyja;
við þanns bítr ok blótar
bǫnd élhvǫtuð Gǫndlar,
alfeigum skýtr œgir
augum, skjǫld, of bauga.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 28 (938 - AI, 56; BI, 48-9); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 59
 
31 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 60 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 31) — Egill Lv 31V (Eg 60)

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Esat lítillar Ljóti,
leik ek við hal bleikan
við bifteini, bœnar,
brynju, rétt at synja;
búumk til vígs, en vægðar
vôn lætka ek hônum,
skapa verðum vit skjǫldu
skœru-drengr á Mœri.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 29 (938 - AI, 56; BI, 49); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 60
 
32 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 61 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 32) — Egill Lv 32V (Eg 61)

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Hǫggum hjalta vendi,
hœfum rǫnd með brandi,
reynum randar mána,
rjóðum sverð í blóði,
stýfum Ljót af lífi,
leikum sárt við bleikan,
kyrrum kappa errinn
(komi ǫrn á hræ) jǫrnum.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 30 (938 - AI, 56; BI, 49); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 61
 
33 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 62 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 33) — Egill Lv 33V (Eg 62)

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Fyrir þykki mér, fúra
flóðstøkkvandi, nøkkvat,
hræðisk hodda beiðir
happlauss, fara kappi;
stendrat fast, sás frestar,
fleindǫggvar stafr, hǫggum;
vábeiða ferr víðan
vǫll fyr rotnum skalla.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 31 (938 - AI, 56; BI, 49); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 62
 
34 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 63 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 34) — Egill Lv 34V (Eg 63)

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Fell sás flest et illa,
fót hjó skald af Ljóti,
ulfgrennir hefr unnit,
eir veittak Friðgeiri;
séka lóns til launa
logbrjótanda í móti;
jafn vas mér í gný geira
gamanleikr við hal bleikan.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 32 (938 - AI, 56-7; BI, 49); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 63
 
35 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 64 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 35) — Egill Lv 35V (Eg 64)

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Beitat nú, sás brugðum,
blár Dragvendill randir,
af þvít eggjar deyfði
Atli, framm, enn skammi;
neyttak afls við ýti
ǫrmálgastan hjǫrva,
jaxlbróður létk eyða,
ek bar sauð, af nauðum.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 33 (938 - AI, 57; BI, 50); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 64
 
36 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 65 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 36) — Egill Lv 36V (Eg 65)

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Sjalfráði lét slœður
silki drengr of fengit
gollknappaðar greppi,
getk aldri vin betra;
Arinbjǫrn of hefr árnat
eirarlaust, eða meiri
síð man seggr of fœðask
slíkr, oddvita ríki.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 34 (938 - AI, 57; BI, 50); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: M; texts: Eg 65
 
37 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 67 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 37) — Egill Lv 37V (Eg 67)

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Títt erum verð at vátta,
vætti berk, at hættak,
þung, til þessar gǫngu,
þinn, kinnalô minni;
margr velr gestr, þars gistir,
gjǫld, finnumk vér sjaldan,
(Ármóði liggr) œðri
(ǫlðra dregg í skeggi).

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 35a (951 - AI, 57; BI, 50); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 463x, M; texts: Eg 67
 
38 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 68 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 38) — Egill Lv 38V (Eg 68)

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Drekkum ór, þótt Ekkils
eykríðr beri tíðum
horna sund at hendi,
hvert full, bragar Ulli,
leifum vætr, þótt Laufa
leikstœrir mér fœri
hrosta tjǫrn í horni,
horns, til dags at morni.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 36 (951 - AI, 57; BI, 50); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M; texts: Eg 68
 
39 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 69 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 39) — Egill Lv 39V (Eg 69)

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Nýtr illsǫgull ýtir
armlinns konu sinnar,
oss's við ógnar hvessi
óttalaust, ok dóttur;
þeygi munt við þenna
þykkjask verðr fyr drykkju
grepp, skulum á veg vappa
vítt, svágǫru hlíta.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 37 (951 - AI, 58; BI, 51); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M; texts: Eg 69
 
40 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 70 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 40) — Egill Lv 40V (Eg 70)

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Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
nema ráða vel kunni;
þat verðr mǫrgum manni,
es of myrkan staf villisk;
sák á telgðu tálkni
tíu launstafi ristna,
þat hefr lauka lindi
langs oftrega fengit.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 38 (951 - AI, 58; BI, 51); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, N A142; texts: Eg 70
 
41 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 71 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 41) — Egill Lv 41V (Eg 71)

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Veizt, ef ferk með fjóra,
færat sex þás vexli
hlífa hneitiknífum
hjaldrgoðs við mik roðnum,
en ef ek em með átta,
esat þeir tolf, es skelfi
at samtogi sverða
svartbrúnum mér hjarta.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 39? (951 - AI, 58; BI, 51); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M; texts: Eg 71
 
42 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 122 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 42) — Egill Lv 42V (Eg 122)

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Bǫrðumk einn við átta,
en við ellifu tysvar,
svá fingum val vargi,
varðk einn bani þeira;
skiptumk hart af heiptum
hlífar skelfiknífum;
létk af emblu aski
eld valbasta kastat.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 40 (c. 965 - AI, 58; BI, 51); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M; texts: Eg 122
 
43 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 123 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 43) — Egill Lv 43V (Eg 123)

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Þverra nú, þeirs þverðu,
þingbirtingar Ingva,
(hvar skalk mildra manna)
máreitar dag (leita?),
þeir es hauks fyr handan
háfjǫll digulsnjávi
jarðar gjǫrð við orðum
eyneglða mér heglðu.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 41 (c. 970 - AI, 58; BI, 51-2); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 1408x, 461x, M; texts: Eg 123
 
44 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 127 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 44) — Egill Lv 44V (Eg 127)

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Ákkak erfinytja
arfa mér til þarfan,
mik hefr sonr of svikvinn
(svik telk í því) kvikvan;
vel mátti þess vatna
viggríðandi bíða,
es hafskíða hlœði
hljótendr of mik grjóti.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 42 (c. 965 - AI, 59; BI, 52); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 453x, 458x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M; texts: Eg 127
 
45 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 129 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 45) — Egill Lv 45V (Eg 129)

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Spanðak jǫrð með orðum
endr Steinari ór hendi,
ek þóttumk þá orka
arfa Geirs til þarfar;
mér brásk minnar systur
mǫgr, hétumk þá fǫgru,
máttit bǫls of bindask
Blundr, ek slíkt of undrumk.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 43 (c. 978 - AI, 59; BI, 52); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 1408x, 453x, 461x, 462x, 463x, M, Wolf; texts: Eg 129
 
46 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 130 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 46) — Egill Lv 46V (Eg 130)

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Vals hefk vôfur helsis,
váfallr em ek skalla,
blautr erum bergifótar
borr, en hlust es þorrin.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 44 (c. 980 - AI, 59; BI, 52); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 1408x, 453x, 458x, 462x, 463x, 761bx, A, M, W; texts: Eg 130, TGT 118
 
47 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 131 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 47) — Egill Lv 47V (Eg 131)

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Hvarfak blindr of branda,
biðk eirar Syn geira
þanns berk harm á hvarma
hnitvǫlum mér sitja,
es jarðgǫfugr orðum
orð mín konungr forðum
hafði grams at gamni
geirs Hamðis mik framði.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 45 (c. 980 - AI, 59; BI, 52); dróttkvætt; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 1408x, 458x, M; texts: Eg 131
 
48 Vol. 5. Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 132 (Egill Skallagrímsson, Lausavísur, 48) — Egill Lv 48V (Eg 132)

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Langt þykki mér,
ligg einn saman
karl afgamall
firr konungs vǫrnum,
eigum ekkjur
allkaldar tvær,
en þær konur
þurfa blossa.

Skj: Egill Skallagrímsson: 7. Lausavísur 46 (c. 980 - AI, 59-60; BI, 52-3); fornyrðislag; ed. MCR; group: D; mss: 1408x, 2368x, 453x, 458x, 462x, 463x, 743x, M; texts: Eg 132, LaufE 115(375)
 
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