was an Iceland
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ic poet and official. He was the lögmaður
A lawspeaker is a unique Scandinavian legal office. It has its basis in a common Germanic oral tradition, where wise men were asked to recite the law, but it was only in Scandinavia that the function evolved into an office...
of northern and western Iceland from 1367 to 1369. He is mentioned already in letters dating from 1339 and 1340 but his years of birth and death are unknown. He appears to have lived in Skagafjörður
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Einarr was the author of Ólafs ríma Haraldssonar
Ólafs ríma Haraldssonar is a 14th century ríma by Einarr Gilsson on the career of Saint Óláfr Haraldsson of Norway.The work is preserved in Flateyjarbók, from around 1390, and was probably composed a couple of decades earlier. The narrative follows the account of Óláfr's life in Heimskringla,...
, a ríma
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on Saint Óláfr Haraldsson consisting of 65 ferskeytt
verses. Preserved in Flateyjarbók
The Flatey Book, is an important medieval Icelandic manuscript. It is also known as GkS 1005 fol. and by the Latin name Codex Flateyensis.- Description :...
, it is sometimes considered the earliest known ríma
. Einarr's other preserved works are poems on Bishop Guðmundr Arason which have come down to us in Guðmundar saga by Arngrímr Brandsson. These consist of a biographical dróttkvætt
poem on the bishop focusing on his wonder-working, a shorter hrynhent
poem on Guðmundr's conversations with archbishop Þórir of Niðarós and a flokkr
on Guðmundr's struggle with the supernatural being Selkolla.
Finnur Jónsson was an Icelandic philologist who made extensive contributions to the study of Old Norse literature.Finnur graduated from Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík in 1878 and went to Denmark for further studies at the University of Copenhagen. He received a doctorate in philology in 1884 with a...
characterized Einarr's poetry as "dry narratives without any poetic flight" and that as a poet Einarr is to be rated "on the whole, not highly".