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Eyv Hál 8I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Háleygjatal 8’ 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. 206.

Eyvindr skáldaspillir FinnssonHáleygjatal

Ok þar varð,
es vinir fellu
magar Hallgarðs,
manna blóði
við stóran gný
vinar Lóðurs
vágr of blandinn.

Ok þar, es vinir {magar Hallgarðs} fellu, varð vágr Stafaness of blandinn blóði manna við {stóran gný {vinar Lóðurs}}.

And there where the friends {of the son of Hallgarðr [Grjótgarðr]} [= Hákon] fell, the bay of Stavenes was mingled with the blood of men in {the great din of {the friend of Lóðurr <god>}} [= Óðinn > BATTLE].

Mss: (57v), F(10ra), J1ˣ(31v), J2ˣ(33r) (Hkr); FskBˣ(5r), FskAˣ(14) (Fsk)

Readings: [1] þar: so F, FskBˣ, FskAˣ, þat Kˣ, J2ˣ, ‘þati’ J1ˣ    [3] magar: margir FskAˣ;    Hallgarðs: so F, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, ‘hallgar’ with ‘hallgarðz’ in margin Kˣ, Haralds FskBˣ, ‘alz’ FskAˣ    [5] ‑ness: so FskAˣ, ‑nes Kˣ, F, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, FskBˣ    [8] blandinn: blásinn corrected from blásnu F

Editions: Skj AI, 69, Skj BI, 61, Skald I, 38; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 115, IV, 32, ÍF 26, 108 (ch. 12), Hkr 1991, I, 66 (HHárf ch. 13), F 1871, 45; Fsk 1902-3, 14-15 (ch. 2), ÍF 29, 66 (ch. 3); Krause 1990, 175-8.

Context: See st. 7.

Notes: [3] Hallgarðs ‘of Hallgarðr [Grjótgarðr]’: By ofljóst for Grjótgarðr, since grjót and hallr are both terms for ‘stone’. Heiti for ‘stone’ are among the favourite subjects for ofljóst.  — [5, 8] vágr Stafaness ‘the bay of Stavenes’: The p. n. is in the gen. case, though only FskAˣ (with its sister transcripts 52ˣ and 301ˣ) reads ‘-ness’. Stafanes corresponds phonologically to, and is probably to be identified with, Stavenes i Askvoll, a prominent headland north of Fjaler, Sogn og Fjordane, and site of numerous prehistoric burial mounds. — [7] Lóðurs ‘of Lóðurr <god>’: An obscure deity. Along with Óðinn and Hœnir, he presents attributes of life to mankind, his gift being litr ‘colour, complexion’ (Vsp 18/8, NK 5).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  5. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.
  6. Hkr 1991 = Bergljót S. Kristjánsdóttir et al., eds. 1991. Heimskringla. 3 vols. Reykjavík: Mál og menning.
  7. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  8. Fsk 1902-3 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1902-3. Fagrskinna: Nóregs kononga tal. SUGNL 30. Copenhagen: Møller.
  9. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  10. Krause, Arnulf, ed. 1990. Die Dichtung des Eyvindr skáldaspillir: Edition-Kommentar-Untersuchungen. Altnordische Bibliothek 10. Leverkusen: Literaturverlag Norden Mark Reinhardt.
  11. Internal references
  12. Not published: do not cite (HHárfII)
  13. Not published: do not cite ()

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