Skúli Þorsteinsson (Skúli)
11th century; volume 3; ed. Kate Heslop;
1. Poem about Svǫlðr (Svǫlðr) - 5
2. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1
Skúli Þorsteinsson (Skúli; c. 970-1040; LH I, 556) was a grandson of Egill Skallagrímsson (Eg ch. 79, ÍF 2, 276); his wife was Bera Ormsdóttir, niece of Þorvaldr víðfǫrli ‘the Wide-travelled’ (Kristni ch. 2, Hb 1892-6, 127). Skúli is listed as a skald of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson in the Kringla version of Skáldatal but as a skald of Sveinn jarl Hákonarson in the U version (SnE 1848-87, III, 257, 266, 281). A valued member of Eiríkr’s retinue (hirð; Gunnl ch. 6, ÍF 3, 68), he was a forecastle-man (stafnbúi) on the jarl’s ship Járnbarðinn during the battle of Svolder (Svǫlðr, c. 1000; ÓTOdd 1932, 218; cf. Eg ch. 87, ÍF 2, 300). The authors of ÓT and ÓTOdd consider him a key eyewitness of the battle, about which he is said to have composed a flokkr (ÓTOdd 1932, 210). The battle stanzas by him which are preserved in the kings’ sagas and SnE may reasonably be assigned to this poem, but there is no trace of the additional encomiastic poems hypothesised by earlier scholars (SnE 1848-87, III, 719; LH I, 556). A single helmingr with mythological subject-matter, also preserved in SnE, is presumably from a different, lost poem. Skúli inherited the family farm at Borg (Eg ch. 87, ÍF 2, 300) and appears in later life as a generous and popular patron of young Icelanders (BjH chs 1-3, 7, ÍF 3, 111-19, 129).
Kate Heslop 2017, ‘ Skúli Þorsteinsson, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 366. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1372> (accessed 19 January 2022)
Skj: Skúli Þórsteinsson: 2. Lausavísa (AI, 306, BI, 284); stanzas (if different): [v]
in texts: LaufE, Skm, SnE
SkP info: III, 366
Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.
R - 26v/23-26v/24 (KSH)|
Gle ns beðia veðr | gyðiv gvð blið ivé siþan lios kemr gott með geislvm granserks ofan mana |
Tx - 27v/13-27v/13 (KSH)
Glens bedia uedr gydio | gud blid i ue sidan lios ko᷎mr got með geislom gransetrs ofan mana.
W - 57/27-57/28 (KSH)
Glens beðia veðr gyðiv gud | blið i ve siðan lios kemr gott með gæislum gransetr ofan mána.
U - 30r/7-30r/8 (KSH)
Glens beþia veþr g[...]vþbliþ vie siþan. lios kemr gort meðr | geislvm gran[...]trs ovan mana.
B - 5r/44-5r/44 (KSH)
Glens bedía venr gyðívr gvdblið j ue sidann lios [...]mr gott með geislvm gran set[...] ofan mana |