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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson (Eyv)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Russell Poole;

3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 14

Skj info: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, Norsk skjald, 10. årh. (d. omkr. 990). (AI, 64-74, BI, 57-65).

Skj poems:
1. Hákonarmál
2. Háleygjatal
3. Lausavísur

Eyvindr (Eyv, c. 915-990) has been called the last important Norwegian skald (Genzmer 1920, 159; also Boyer 1990a, 201). He is listed in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 256, 261, 265-6) among the poets of Hákon góði ‘the Good’ Haraldsson and Hákon jarl Sigurðarson. His maternal grandmother was a daughter of Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’, and he seems to have been close to Haraldr’s son Hákon góði from early on, serving at his court as one of a group of brilliant skalds. After Hákon’s death he resided at the court of Haraldr gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’, but relations with Haraldr seem to have soured quickly, as evidenced by his lausavísur. Eyvindr spent the last part of his life with the powerful Hákon jarl Sigurðarson of Hlaðir (Lade), whose family had supported Hákon góði against the sons of Eiríkr blóðøx ‘Blood-axe’. According to Hkr (ÍF 26, 221), in addition to Háleygjatal (Hál), Hákonarmál (Hák) and the lausavísur, Eyvindr composed a poem Íslendingadrápa, but this has not come down to us. The epithet skáldaspillir is usually interpreted to mean ‘Plagiarist’, literally ‘Destroyer (or Despoiler?) of Poets’ in reference to his habit of drawing inspiration from and alluding to earlier compositions, specifically Ynglingatal (Þjóð Yt) for Hál and Eiríksmál (Anon Eirm), along with several eddic poems, for Hák (see Introductions to Hál and Hák). The alternative interpretation ‘Poem-reciter’ proposed by Wadstein (1895a, 88) is unconvincing; see further Olsen (1962a, 28), and Beck (1994a). For further biographical information, see LH I, 447-9, Holm-Olsen (1953) and Marold (1993a).

Lausavísur — Eyv LvI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Lausavísur’ 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. 213.

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Skj: Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir: 3. Lausavísur (AI, 71-4, BI, 62-5)

SkP info: I, 215

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1 — Eyv Lv 1I

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 Kx Bloðǫxar tía beiða | brynþings fetil stinga | os geraz hnept ens hvassa | hefnendr seto efni | helldr er vant eɴ ec villda | veg þiɴ konungr segia | fam til fornra vapna | flíot hersꜹgo drottni  edit 
 F Bloð oxar tia bei | ða brynþings fetils stinnga ós geraz hnept ens hvassa hef | nendr setv efni · helldr er vannt eɴ ek villda veg þíɴ konungr segía | fám til fornra vapna flíott hersogv drottní ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 51x Bloðo᷎xar ma biða | bryn þings fetils stinga | oss geraz næpt ens hvassa | hæfnendr seto æfni. | hæHelldr er vannt en ec villda | veg þínn konongr sægia | fam til fornra vapna | fliot hær sagu drotne. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 302x Bloðꝍxar ma biða | bryn þings fetils stinga | oss geraz næpt ens hvassa | hæfnendr seto æfni. | Hælldr er vannt en ec villda | veg þínn konongr sægia | fam til fornra vapna | fliot hær sagu drotne. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 FskAx Bloðꝍxar tia bæiða. | brynþings fætil stinga | oss gerazt hnepthins hvassa | hæmfnænndr seto efni | hælldr er vannt enn ec villda | veg þinn konungr segia | faom til fornra vapna | fliott hærr sagu drotne |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 52x Bloðæxar tia beiða | brynþings fætil stinga | os geraz hnept hins hvassa | hæmfnændr seto efni | helldr er vant enn ec villda | veg þinn konongr segia || faom til fornra vapna | fliott hersogu drottne |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 301x Bloðꝍxar tia beiða | brynþings fætil stinga , oss geraz hnept hins | hvassa , hæmfnendr sætu æfne , hælldr er vant | enn ec vilda, veg þinn konongr sæghia , faom til fornra | vapna , fliott hærr saghu drotne .   [VEÞ]  edit 

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