Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gullásu-Þórðr (GullásÞ)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

2. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Gullôsu-Þórðr, Islænder, 12. årh. (AI, 453, BI, 421-2).

Skj poems:
1. Víðkunnsdrápa
2. Lausavísa

Gullásu-Þórðr (GullásÞ) was a young Icelander who came to Norway in the days of King Eysteinn Magnússon (d. 1122) and took up with the wealthy Norw. widow Gull-Ása ‘Gold-Ása’, a kinswoman of the district chieftain Víðkunnr Jónsson of Bjarkøy (for Víðkunnr, see ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this vol.). Þórðr became a prosperous merchant and eventually married Ása (see SnE 1848-87, III, 748-50; Mork 1928-32, 359-64; Fms 7, 111-18; ÍF 11, 337-49). He is otherwise unknown. The story of Þórðr and Ása is told in Gull-Ásu-Þórðar þáttr (GullÁsuÞ) and preserved in MsonaMork (Mork), MsonaH-Hr (H, Hr) and in AM 518 4°ˣ (518ˣ). The original þáttr, which formed the basis for the extant narratives, must have been composed prior to 1217 (ÍF 11, cxvi). GullÁsuÞ has been edited (from 518ˣ with variants from Mork, H and Hr) in ÍF 11, 337-49.

Lausavísa — GullásÞ LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Gullásu-Þórðr, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 471-2.


Skj: Gullôsu-Þórðr: 2. Lausavísa (AI, 453, BI, 421-2); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: GullÁsuÞ, H-Hr, Mork

SkP info: II, 471-2

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This lv. (GullásÞ Lv) is transmitted in GullÁsuÞ in Msona (Mork, H, Hr) and in 518ˣ (see Biography above). Mork is the main ms.
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