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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísa — EValg LvI

Eyjólfr Valgerðarson

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyjólfr Valgerðarson, Lausavísa’ 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. 276.


Eyjólfr’s sole known lausavísa (EValg Lv), dated c. 976 by Finnur Jónsson (Skj), anticipates a possible attack on Iceland by the Danish king Haraldr blátǫnn ‘Blue-tooth’ Gormsson (r. c. 958-c. 988). It is preserved only in ms. 291 of Jvs, unusually, since 510 is by far the richest source of skaldic poetry among the Jvs mss.


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