Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld (Þskakk)

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

Erlingsdrápa (Erldr) - 3

Skj info: Þórbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 534-5, BI, 515-16).

Skj poems:
Erlingsdrápa

Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld ‘Skakki’s Poet’ (Þskakk) is unknown. Finnur Jónsson (Skj) gives his nationality as Icel., but that is conjectural. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 257, 264, 266, 277-8, 281) he composed about Jarl Erlingr skakki ‘the Tilting’ Kyrpinga-Ormsson (d. 1179), Erlingr’s son Magnús (d. 1184) and Sverrir Sigurðarson (d. 1202). Only the three sts from his poetry about Erlingr survive.

Erlingsdrápa — Þskakk ErldrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa’ 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. 631-5.

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Skj: Þórbjǫrn skakkaskáld: Erlingsdrápa, o. 1170 (AI, 534-5, BI, 515-16)

in texts: H-Hr, Hkr, HSona, MErl

SkP info: II, 631-5

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The three extant sts of ErlingsdrápaDrápa about Erlingr’ (Erldr) are preserved in mss , F, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of Hkr and in H, Hr (H-Hr). The name of the poet is given in all mss, and the poem is identified as Erlingsdrápa (ÍF 28, 324; Fms 7, 232). Stanza 1 commemorates a naval battle that took place in the Mediterranean on Erlingr’s journey to Palestine (c. 1152), st. 2 is devoted to the battle of Tønsberg (1161) and st. 3 describes how Erlingr punished rebels in Viken (1164). Because Þorbjǫrn addresses Erlingr directly in sts 1-2, the poem must have been composed prior to Erlingr’s death in 1179.
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