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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hák 16I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál 16’ 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. 190.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonHákonarmál

text and translation

‘Einherja grið         skalt þú allra hafa;
        þigg þú at Ôsum ǫl.
Jarla bági,         þú átt inni hér
        átta brœðr,’ kvað Bragi.

‘Þú skalt hafa grið allra einherja; þigg þú ǫl at Ôsum. {Bági jarla}, þú átt hér inni átta brœðr,’ kvað Bragi.
‘‘You shall have quarter from all the einherjar; take ale among the Æsir. Adversary of jarls [RULER = Hákon], you have eight brothers in this place,’ said Bragi.

notes and context

In Hkr, as for st. 1. In Fsk, the prose preceding ll. 4-6 records that eight sons of Haraldr hárfagri had been killed with weapons before Hákon fell. Fsk introduces the second helmingr, sem Eyvindr segir skáldaspillir ok kvað svá sem konungrinn kœmi til Valhallar, fyrir því at sá var átrúnaðr heiðinna manna, at allir þeir er af sárum ǫnduðusk skyldu fara til Valhallar ‘as Eyvindr skáldaspillir says, and composed thus, as if the king were coming to Valhǫll, because it was the belief of heathens that all those who died of wounds should go to Valhǫll’.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, 1. Hákonarmál 16: AI, 67, BI, 59, Skald I, 36-7; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 221, IV, 60, ÍF 26, 196, Hkr 1991, I, 128 (HákGóð ch. 31/32), F 1871, 84; Fsk 1902-3, 49 (ch. 12), ÍF 29, 95 (ch. 13); Möbius 1860, 234, Jón Helgason 1968, 28, Krause 1990, 114-20.


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