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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Lv 9I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Lausavísur 9’ 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. 228.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonLausavísur

text and translation

Fullu skein á fjǫllum
fallsól bráa vallar
Ullar kjóls of allan
aldr Hôkonar skǫldum.
Nús alfrǫðull elfar
jǫtna dolgs of folginn
— rôð eru rammrar þjóðar
rík — í móður líki.

{Fallsól {vallar bráa} Fullu} skein á {fjǫllum {kjóls Ullar}} skǫldum of allan aldr Hôkonar. Nús {alfrǫðull elfar} of folginn í {líki móður {dolgs jǫtna}}; rôð rammrar þjóðar eru rík.
‘ The setting sun of the plain of the brows of Fulla <goddess> [FOREHEAD > GOLD] shone on the mountains of the ship of Ullr <god> [SHIELD > ARMS/HANDS] of skalds throughout Hákon’s whole lifetime. Now the sun of the river [GOLD] is hidden in the body of the mother of the enemy of the giants [= Þórr > = Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)]; the resolutions of the mighty people are powerful.

notes and context

As for Lv 8 in the kings’ sagas. The first helmingr is cited in SnE (twice in U) in a section illustrating kennings for ‘gold’, and the second in one illustrating kennings for ‘earth’.



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 9: AI, 73, BI, 64, Skald I, 40; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 226-7, IV, 63, ÍF 26, 201, Hkr 1991, I, 133 (HGráf ch. 1), F 1871, 86; Fms 1, 50, Fms 12, 31, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 49 (ch. 31); Fsk 1902-3, 54 (ch. 13), ÍF 29, 99-100 (ch. 14); SnE 1848-87, I, 320-1, 346-7, II, 315, 319, 358, 527, SnE 1931, 115, 125, SnE 1998, I, 35, 43; Krause 1990, 250-4.


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