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Eyjólfr dáðaskáld (Edáð)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Russell Poole;

Bandadrápa (Banddr) - 9

Skj info: Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Islandsk skjald (omkr. 1000). (AI, 200-202, BI, 190-192).

Skj poems:
Bandadrápa

Eyjólfr dáðaskáld (Edáð) is named among the skalds of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson of Hlaðir (Lade) in the text of Skáldatal in ms. 761aˣ (SnE 1848-87, III, 256). The U text numbers him among the skalds of Sveinn jarl Hákonarson but not Eiríkr (ibid., 266); this, however, is without corroboration from other sources and probably due to a simple error of transposition (though see Ohlmarks 1958, 145). Eyjólfr’s nickname may derive from his poetry in praise of the dáðir ‘deeds’ of Eiríkr jarl (ÍF 26, 249 n. 1), whose career spanned the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. No traces of poetry by Eyjólfr concerning any other rulers survive and nothing is otherwise known about his life or lineage.

 

Bandadrápa (‘Drápa of the gods’) — Edáð BanddrI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa’ 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. 454.

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Skj: Eyjólfr dáðaskáld: Bandadrápa, omkr. 1010 (AI, 200-2, BI, 190-2)

SkP info: I, 461

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

4 — Edáð Banddr 4I

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Cite as: Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa 4’ 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. 461.

Mærr vann miklu fleiri
malmhríð jǫfurr síðan
— áðr frôgum þat — aðra,
Eirekr und sik geira.
þás garð-Váli gerði
Gotlands vala strandir
Virfils vítt of herjat.
Veðrmildr ok semr hildi.

Mærr jǫfurr vann síðan {miklu fleiri aðra malmhríð}, — frôgum þat áðr — Eirekr und sik geira … þás {Virfils vala {garð-{Váli}}} gerði strandir Gotlands of herjat vítt. Veðrmildr ok semr hildi …

The renowned leader then fought {many more other metal-storms} [BATTLES], — we [I] learned that earlier — Eiríkr under himself of spears … when {the Váli <god> {of the enclosure {of the horses of Virfill <sea-king>}}} [(lit. ‘enclosure-Váli of the horses of Virfill’) SHIPS > SHIELD > WARRIOR] had the coasts of Gotland raided far and wide. Storm-generous and contrives warfare …

editions: Skj Eyjólfr dáðaskáld: Bandadrápa 4 (AI, 200-1; BI, 191); Skald I, 101, NN §553; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 415-6, IV, 93, ÍF 26, 337-8, Hkr 1991, I, 229 (ÓTHkr ch. 89), F 1871, 153; Fms 2, 288, Fms 12, 55-6, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 242 (ch. 243), Flat 1860-8, I, 519.

sources

AM 35 folx (Kx) 199r, 24 - 199v, 4 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 34ra, 9 - 34ra, 13 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 108v, 15 - 108v, 22 (Hkr)  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 122v, 6 - 122v, 10 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 108v - 108v (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 65rb, 24 - 65rb, 27 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 62ra, 24 - 62ra, 28 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 60va, 4 - 60va, 8 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 96ra, 28 - 96ra, 32 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 69rb, 33 - 69rb, 36 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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