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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Lv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Lausavísur 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 568-9.

Einarr SkúlasonLausavísur

text and translation

Þér hefk, þengill Mœra,
— þinns vegr mikill — segja,
(ert) svát eigi skortir,
(allfróðr) sǫgu góða.
Eigis Ívarr, bauga
— enn sitt kyrr hjá henni —
fægirjóðr, af Fljóðum
fingrmjór kominn hingat.

{Þengill Mœra}, hefk góða sǫgu segja þér, svát eigi skortir; vegr þinns mikill; ert allfróðr. {Fægirjóðr bauga}, eigis fingrmjór Ívarr af Fljóðum kominn hingat; sitt enn kyrr hjá henni.
‘Lord of the Mœrir [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr], I have good tidings to tell you, so that there is no lack of it; your glory is great; you are most wise. Reddener of shields [WARRIOR], slender-fingered Ívarr af Fljóðum (‘from Fløan’) has not come here; continue to stay quietly with her.

notes and context

King Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ Magnússon sends his retainer, Ívarr af Fljóðum, to Ireland on a mission, and in Ívarr’s absence he consorts with Sigríðr Hranadóttir, Ívarr’s wife. The st. is recited in response to Sigurðr’s question as to whether Ívarr has returned to Norway.

Mork is the main ms. In Mork and H-Hr, the st. is incorporated into Þinga saga or Þinga þáttr, an account of the legal dealings between Sigurðr and his brother, King Eysteinn Magnússon. The st. must have been recited before 1116, because Sigurðr’s brother, Óláfr (d. 22 December 1115), is one of the characters in the prose narrative.



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: Einarr Skúlason, 11. Lausavísur 1: AI, 482-3, BI, 454, Skald I, 223-4; Mork 1867, 181, Mork 1928-32, 375, Andersson and Gade 2000, 341, 489 (Msona); Fms 7, 137 (Msona ch. 32).


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