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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyjólfr Brúnason — EBrúnIII


Vol. 3, 182 —  — ed. Katharina Seidel



Very little is known about Eyjólfr Brúnason (EBrún). He is not mentioned in Skáldatal, and only one helmingr attributed to him has been preserved. Eyjólfr appears to have lived in Iceland in the thirteenth century and to have been a contemporary and possibly a friend of Snorri Sturluson (d. 1241) (FoGT 1884, 127; Skj AII, 82). A lausavisa by Snorri, transmitted in FoGT, calls him ǫrr skǫrungmaðr skilmildra skalda ‘the energetic champions among poets generous with knowledge’ and wishes, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that Eyjólfr should live ‘the happiest of all truly rich men’ (sælstr sannauðigra manna; SnSt Lv 6/7-8). The accompanying prose text in FoGT (FoGT 1884, 127) describes Eyjólfr as skáld einkar gott ok búþegn góðr, en eigi féríkr ‘a renowned poet and a good farmer but not a wealthy one’, however (see Note to SnSt Lv 6/1; Guðmundur Þorláksson 1882, 156).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj A = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15a. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. A: Tekst efter håndskrifterne. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1967. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. FoGT 1884 = Björn Magnússon Ólsen, ed. 1884. Den tredje og fjærde grammatiske afhandling i Snorres Edda tilligemed de grammatiske afhandlingers prolog og to andre tillæg. SUGNL 12. Copenhagen: Knudtzon.
  4. Guðmundur Þorláksson. 1882. Udsigt over de norsk-islandske skjalde fra 9de til 14de århundrede. SUGNL 8. Copenhagen: Møller.
  5. Internal references
  6. Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘The Fourth Grammatical Treatise’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  7. Not published: do not cite (SnSt LvIV)
  8. Not published: do not cite ()

other information

Eyjólfr Brúnason (EBrún)

13th century

Skj AII, 82; BII, 93

volume 3

main editor: Katharina Seidel


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