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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gullásu-Þórðr (GullásÞ)

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

1. Víðkunnsdrápa (Víðdr) - 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.

Víðkunnsdrápa (‘Drápa about Víðkunnr (Jónsson)’) — GullásÞ VíðdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Gullásu-Þórðr, Víðkunnsdrápa’ 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. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 470-1. <> (accessed 24 June 2022)


Skj: Gullôsu-Þórðr: 1. Víðkunnsdrápa, o. 1110 (AI, 453, BI, 421); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: GullÁsuÞ

SkP info: II, 470-1

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


This half-st. is recorded only in 518ˣ (GullÁsuÞ), where it is said to be the refrain (stef) in a drápa about Víðkunnr Jónsson (GullásÞ Víðdr). The entire poem allegedly consisted of fifty sts, but no more sts have been preserved. Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 269, 286) lists Þórðr as a poet who composed about Víðkunnr. According to the prose of the þáttr (ÍF 11, 341), Þórðr was the first to compose a poem in his praise.
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