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Eyv Lv 11I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Lausavísur 11’ 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. 230.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonLausavísur
101112

text and translation

Skyldak, skerja foldar
skíðrennandi, síðan
þursa týs frá þvísa
þinn góðan byr finna,
es, valjarðar, verðum,
veljandi, þér selja
lyngva mens, þats lengi,
látr, minn faðir átti.

{{{Skerja foldar} skíð}rennandi}, skyldak síðan frá þvísa finna {þinn góðan byr {týs þursa}}, es, {veljandi valjarðar}, verðum selja þér {látr {mens lyngva}}, þats faðir minn átti lengi.
 
‘ Runner of the ski of the land of skerries [(lit. ‘ski-runner of the land of skerries’) SEA > SHIP > SEAFARER], I should from this time on meet with your good wind of the bondwoman of giants [GIANTESS > THOUGHT], when, chooser of the battlefield [RULER], we [I] have to give you the resting-place of the necklace of heathers [SNAKE > GOLD] which my father long owned.

notes and context

Fsk places Lv 11 next after Lv 8 and 9. Haraldr pronounces a death sentence on Eyvindr for his composition of Lv 8 and 9 but Eyvindr’s friends again petition for a reconciliation. The king asks that Eyvindr present him with a gold ring called Moldi, which weighed twelve ounces, and Eyvindr complies. The stanza is placed differently in Hkr and ÓT but the account of the circumstances is similar.

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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: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, 3. Lausavísur 11: AI, 74, BI, 64-5, Skald I, 40, NN §1041D; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 228, IV, 64-5, ÍF 26, 202-3, Hkr 1991, I, 134 (HGráf ch. 1), F 1871, 87; Fms 1, 51, Fms 12, 31, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 50 (ch. 31); Fsk 1902-3, 55 (ch. 13), ÍF 29, 100-1 (ch. 14); Krause 1990, 260-5.

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