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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Lv 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Lausavísur 5’ 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. 572-3.

Einarr SkúlasonLausavísur

text and translation

Austr tók illa kristinn
Jarlmaðr frá búkarli
— grôðr vas kjǫts á kauða —
kiðling, hinns slær fiðlu.
Vǫndr hrǫkk; vámr lá bundinn
(vísmáll) á skip þíslar;
(sǫng leikara lengi
lími harðan príma).

Illa kristinn Jarlmaðr, hinns slær fiðlu, tók kiðling frá búkarli austr; grôðr kjǫts vas á kauða. Vǫndr hrǫkk; vámr lá bundinn á {skip þíslar}; vísmáll lími sǫng lengi leikara harðan príma.
‘Jarlmaðr, the bad Christian who plays the fiddle, took a kid from a farmer in the east; greed for meat came upon the churl. The whip coiled; the loathsome fellow lay bound on the ship of the wagon-shaft [WAGON]; the eloquent lash sang a harsh service over the minstrel for a long time.

notes and context

Einarr intercedes with King Eysteinn Haraldsson on behalf of a minstrel, Jarlmaðr, whom the king wants to punish because he took the kid of a goat and ate it on a Friday. The king stipulates that Jarlmaðr must be whipped for as long as it takes Einarr to compose the st.

On the status of minstrels in the Scandinavian Middle Ages, see ‘Leikarar’ in KLNM 10, 462-7. See also Wareman 1951, ESk Lv 3 and Máni Lv 2-3.



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 6: AI, 483-4, BI, 455-6, Skald I, 224; Mork 1867, 227, Mork 1928-32, 447, Andersson and Gade 2000, 393, 495 (Hsona).


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