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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eindr Lv 1I

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Eindriði Einarsson, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 806.

Eindriði EinarssonLausavísa1

text and translation

Mér kom (mundar fúra)
meyjar hold í eyju
(fátt segir Freyr it réttra)
fjarri allt nema varrar.
En, sás oss vill kenna,
atgeirs, af því fleira,
Baldr (mun sjá til sjaldan)
segi allvesall (þegja).

Hold meyjar kom fjarri mér í eyju, allt nema varrar; {Freyr {fúra mundar}} segir fátt it réttra. En {Baldr atgeirs}, sás vill kenna oss fleira af því, segi allvesall; sjá mun til sjaldan þegja.
‘The maiden’s flesh came nowhere near [lit. far from] me on the island, all except the lips; the Freyr <god> of flames of the hand [GOLD > MAN = Eindriði] says few things more true. But may the Baldr <god> of the halberd [WARRIOR] who wants to accuse us [me] further about that speak completely wretched; this man [the accuser] will too seldom be silent.

notes and context

Eindriði spends three nights sheltering from a storm in a fishing hut with Sigríðr, daughter of the magnate Erlingr Skjálgsson. Returning her home to her father, Eindriði attempts to convince him that he has not dishonoured the woman or her kinsmen. After the stanza, it is told how he proves his honour through an ordeal of hot iron.

For another stanza referring to the irate father of a woman, see Stefnir Lv 2.



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: Eindriði Einarsson, Lausavísa: AI, 307, BI, 285, Skald I, 145-6, NN §2013, 2265A; Flat 1860-8, II, 195 (EindrErl).


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