Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson) (ÞSjár)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

2. Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason (Klœingr) - 1

Skj info: Þórðr Særeksson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 327-30, BI, 302-4).

Skj poems:
1. Et digt om Klœingr Brúsason
2. Þórolfs drápa Skolmssonar
3. Róðudrápa
4. Lausavísur og ubestemmelige brudstykker

Very little is known about Þórðr Særeksson (or, in a later form, Sjáreksson) (ÞSjár). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 257, 274, 281) lists him among the poets of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson (r. c. 1000-c. 1014) and King Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr, d. 1030). According to ÓT (1958-2000, II, 322-3) Þórðr went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the reign of Óláfr Haraldsson, and, arriving in Syria, met Óláfr Tryggvason, who is said to have escaped from the battle of Svǫlðr (c. 1000). Óláfr greeted Þórðr warmly and sent his regards to Þórðr’s kinsman-in-law (mágr), the famous Icelander Hjalti Skeggjason. In some mss Þórðr is referred to as Svartsson or svartaskáld, probably from a misreading of his patronymic (see LH I, 603-5 and Introduction to ðudrápa (Róðdr) below). In addition to the poems edited here (Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar (Þórdr), Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason (Klœingr) and Róðdr), three fragments of Þórðr’s poetry are preserved in SnE and one in LaufE (ÞSjár Frag 1-4III); these fragments are edited in SkP III. Þórðr’s oeuvre presents difficulties in that the people and events commemorated there span some sixty-five years, from c. 961 (Þórdr) to c. 1026 (Róðdr), so that it must be assumed either that he was exceptionally long-lived or that Þórdr was composed after a lapse of several years or decades; see further Introduction to that poem.

LP: ÞSjár(Sær)

Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason — ÞSjár KlœingrI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Brepols, Turnhout, p. 241.


Skj: Þórðr Særeksson: 1. Et digt om Klœingr Brúsason (AI, 327, BI, 302); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Hkr, ÓH, ÓHHkr, Skm, SnE

SkP info: I, 241

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


This helmingr (ÞSjár Klœingr) concerns an attack on Trondheim c. 1014 and is preserved in Óláfs saga helga in both the Separate version (ÓH) and Hkr version (ÓHHkr), in Fsk, and in SnE. It is anonymous in Hkr, ÓH and SnE, but it is attributed to Þórðr in Fsk. Hkr and ÓH mention that it was part of a flokkr about Klœingr. Klœingr Brúsason (Brunason in J1ˣ, J2ˣ, Holm2; Bjarnason in 325VI, 321ˣ, 78aˣ) is unknown, but he appears from this fragment and its context in the kings’ sagas to have been in the company of Sveinn jarl Hákonarson c. 1014. Some mss (J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 972ˣ, 325VI, 321ˣ, 78aˣ, Flat) mistakenly attribute the helmingr to Klœingr. The mss used in this edn are listed below; is the main ms. Among the SnE mss, B is now damaged and difficult to read, and it is therefore supplemented where necessary by 744ˣ, an early eighteenth-century copy made of B when that ms. was more legible.

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