Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson (SteigÞ)

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

Kviðlingr (Kv) - 1

Skj info: Steigar-Þórir, Norsk höfding, d. 1094. (AI, 434, BI, 403).

Skj poems:
En kvædling

Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson (Þórir of Steig; SteigÞ) was a powerful Norw. district chieftain who had been a retainer of Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson. He was the foster-father of King Hákon Magnússon, the cousin of King Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson. Upon Hákon’s death in 1094, Þórir joined an uprising against Magnús and tried to install a Dan. pretender, Sveinn Haraldsson, on the Norw. throne. He was captured by Magnús in 1094 and subsequently hanged. See Genealogy IV in ÍF 28.

Kviðlingr (‘Little verse’) — SteigÞ KvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson, Kviðlingr’ 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. 391-2.

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Skj: Steigar-Þórir: En kvædling (AI, 434, BI, 403); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Ágr, Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, Mberf, Mork

SkP info: II, 391-2

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Steigar-Þórir’s kviðlingr ‘little verse’ (SteigÞ Kv), which is attributed to him in all mss, is transmitted in MberfHkr (mss , 39, F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ) and in Ágr (Ágr), Fsk (FskBˣ, FskAˣ), Mork (Mork) and H-Hr (H, Hr). is the main ms. The metre is háttlausa ‘lack of metrical form’ (see SnSt Ht 67III; SnE 1999, 29), a variant of dróttkvætt without internal rhyme.
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