Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

1. Nizarvísur (Nizv) - 7

Skj info: Steinn Herdísarson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 407-13, BI, 376-83).

Skj poems:
1. Nizarvísur
2. Ulfsflokkr
3. Óláfsdrápa

Steinn was the great-grandson of the Icel. poet Einarr skálaglamm ‘Tinkle-scales’ Helgason (EskálI) and a kinsman of Stúfr inn blindi ‘the Blind’ Þórðarson (Stúfr; see the genealogy in SnE 1848-87, III, 607 and Genealogy IV in ÍF 5). At the battle of the river Nissan in 1062 he was on board the ship of his kinsman, Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr). Steinn was a court poet of Haraldr harðráði ‘Hardrule’ Sigurðarson and his son Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275). Two poems, NizarvísurVísur about the Nissan’ (Steinn Nizv), and ÓláfsdrápaDrápa about Óláfr’ (Steinn Óldr) survive of his poetic oeuvre, and another st., ÚlfsflokkrFlokkr about Úlfr’ (Steinn Úlffl), is usually assigned to a poem about Úlfr Óspaksson.

Nizarvísur (‘Vísur about the Nissan’) — Steinn NizvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Steinn Herdísarson, Nizarvísur’ 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. 359-66.

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Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur, 1062 (AI, 407-9, BI, 376-8)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, H-Hr, , Hkr, HSig, Knýtl, MH, Mork

SkP info: II, 359-66

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1 Vol. 2. Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur, 1 [Vol. 2, 360-1] — Steinn Nizv 1II

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Sagði hitt es hugði
hauklundr vesa mundu,
þar kvað, þengill, eirar
þrotna vôn frá hônum;
heldr kvað hvern várn skyldu
hilmir frægr an vægja
(menn brutu upp) of annan
(ǫll vôpn) þveran falla.

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 1 (AI, 407; BI, 376); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 301x, 51x, 570a, 761bx, E, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, H, Hr, J2x, Kx, Mork; texts: Flat 1062, Fsk 221, H-Hr 158,  8(26), HSig 52, MH 93, Mork 52
 
2 Vol. 2. Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur, 2 [Vol. 2, 361] — Steinn Nizv 2II

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Hætti hersa dróttinn
hugstrangr, skipa langra
hinns með halft beið annat
hundrað Dana fundar;
næst vas þats réð rísta
reiðr atseti Hleiðrar
þangs láð mǫrum þingat
þrimr hundruðum sunda.

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 2 (AI, 407-8; BI, 376-7); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 301x, 39, 51x, 761bx, E, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, H, Hr, J2x, Kx, Mork; texts: Flat 1063, Fsk 222, H-Hr 159, HSig 56, MH 94, Mork 53
 
3 Vol. 2. Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur, 3 [Vol. 2, 362] — Steinn Nizv 3II

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Vann fyr móðu mynni
meinfœrt Haraldr Sveini;
varð, þvít vísi gerðit,
viðrnám, friðar biðja;
herðu hjǫrvi gyrðir
Halland jǫfurs spjallar
(heit blés und) fyr útan
atróðr (á sæ blóði).

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 3 (AI, 408; BI, 377); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 39, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Kx; texts: H-Hr 163, HSig 57
 
4 Vol. 2. Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur, 4 [Vol. 2, 362-3] — Steinn Nizv 4II

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Nýtr bað skjǫldungr skjóta
(skamt vas liðs á miðli)
hlífar-styggr ok hǫggva
hvárr tveggja lið seggja;
bæði fló, þás blóði
brandr hrauð af sér rauðu
(þat brá feigra flotna
fjǫrvi) grjót ok ǫrvar.

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 4 (AI, 408; BI, 377); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 39, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Kx; texts: H-Hr 164, HSig 58
 
5 Vol. 2. Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur, 5 [Vol. 2, 363-4] — Steinn Nizv 5II

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Undr's, ef eigi kendu
ǫrmóts viðir gǫrva,
(bǫrðumk vér) þás vǫrðum
víða grund, of síðir,
hvárt herskildi halda
(hrafn fekk gnótt) í óttu
(nás) fyr Nizar ósi
Norðmenn Harald þorðu.

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 5 (AI, 408; BI, 377-8); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 301x, 51x, 761bx, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, H, Hr, Mork; texts: Flat 1066, Fsk 225, H-Hr 166, MH 97, Mork 56
 
6 Vol. 2. Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur, 6 [Vol. 2, 364-5] — Steinn Nizv 6II

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Oss dugir hrafns ens hvassa
hungrdeyfi svá leyfa,
linns at lastim annan
látrs sveigjanda eigi;
aldri kvǫddusk oddum
(annat hverjum manni
tál's of tyggja at mæla)
tveir fullhugar meiri.

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 6 (AI, 408-9; BI, 378); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 1005x, 180b, 20b I, 20dx, 873x, ; texts: Knýtl 29
 
7 Vol. 2. Steinn Herdísarson, 1. Nizarvísur, 7 [Vol. 2, 365-6] — Steinn Nizv 7II

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Eigi myndi undan
allvaldr Dana halda
(oss dugir satt of snotran
sælinga kon mæla),
ef menn fyr sæ sunnan
(sverð reiddusk at ferðir)
þeir's herskildi heldu
hrafnfœði vel tœði.

Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 7 (AI, 409; BI, 378); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 1005x, 180b, 20b I, 20dx, 873x, ; texts: Knýtl 30
 
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